Debate Long Over for Militaries, Intel. The Question is: Who Controls a Climate Altered World?

April 16, 2012

While denialists obediently click thru the anti-science blog-sphere, and memorize the latest diversionary squibs from Fox and Friends, the serious people  of the world are preparing for the consequences of climate change.

The tragicomedy element is that, much of this activity is devoted to anticipating a need to protect soon to be opened oil resources in the melting arctic ocean.  Fossil fuel companies continue to bankroll the climate denial industry, even as they map out their plans for exploiting changes they’s assured us are not happening.

Washington Post:

YOKOSUKA, Japan — To the world’s military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.

By Arctic standards, the region is already buzzing with military activity, and experts believe that will increase significantly in the years ahead.

Last month, Norway wrapped up one of the largest Arctic maneuvers ever — Exercise Cold Response — with 16,300 troops from 14 countries training on the ice for everything from high intensity warfare to terror threats. Attesting to the harsh conditions, five Norwegian troops were killed when their C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed near the summit of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.

The U.S., Canada and Denmark held major exercises two months ago, and in an unprecedented move, the military chiefs of the eight main Arctic powers — Canada, the U.S., Russia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland — gathered at a Canadian military base last week to specifically discuss regional security issues.

None of this means a shooting war is likely at the North Pole any time soon. But as the number of workers and ships increases in the High North to exploit oil and gas reserves, so will the need for policing, border patrols and — if push comes to shove — military muscle to enforce rival claims.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its untapped natural gas is in the Arctic. Shipping lanes could be regularly open across the Arctic by 2030 as rising temperatures continue to melt the sea ice, according to a National Research Council analysis commissioned by the U.S. Navy last year.

4 Responses to “Debate Long Over for Militaries, Intel. The Question is: Who Controls a Climate Altered World?”

  1. The quote at the end by James Woolsey is spine tingling.

  2. […] Debate Long Over for Militaries, Intel. The Question is: Who Controls a Climate Altered World? ( […]

  3. Martin Lack Says:

    When in a hole we should stop digging. Exploiting the Arctic whilst ignoring why it has suddenly become exploitable is indicative of collective insanity.

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