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Sunday, February 16, 2014

An envoy to the Arctic is a metaphorical bridge to nowhere

This looks suspicious to me. Arctic Sea ice has been receding for 40 years (there is a good argument to be made that trend is reversing) so the countries with territory in the arctic Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia, and the United States are making long range plans to extract the oil and minerals that they think lie below the Arctic Sea. The countries have formed the Arctic Council to do what politician will do and one would think representing US at this would be a job for a mid level bureaucrat from Energy or Interior. Guess again. John Kerry will name an envoy to the Arctic. Alaska's two senators, Begich and Murkowski have long argued that this and previous administrations have ignored this vast treasure at their peril.
“It’s not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how things are different at home in Alaska," spoke Begich who hasn't polled better than 43% against any probable GOP contender. Without saying when, Kerry promised to appoint a "high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise" which would certainly be an improvement over the flock of campaign contributors who have recently been named as ambassadors but Begich is using the term "ambassador" not Kerry. Ambassador Begich? Hell, he already speaks English and he has visited the Arctic.
Someone should remind Kerry that the US already has between 5.7 and 16 billion barrels of oil in ANWR which is in the Arctic Circle that the Obama Administration and for that matter the entire Democrat Party will never allow to be extracted. So we will spend more money to find more oil we will never use? An envoy to the Arctic is a metaphorical bridge to nowhere.

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