Alaska & Arctic Issues
Welcome to the Arctic & Alaska Section of the ADC Website
The Arctic and Alaska have been warming over the last several years. The melting of the glaciers is taking place at an alarming rate. (It appears that this warming trend is hitting not only Alaska and the Arctic but other areas where frozen oceans and land areas have prevented the exploitation of natural gas, oil, and other natural resources by various countries and private oil corporations, like Shell Oil.)
Recent Research by the ADC has led to some interesting findings with regard to both Alaska and the Arctic areas. It appears that many government agencies and leaders in the United States have discussed how the natural resources of these areas could be exploited if these areas were artificially warmed.
Missing in all recent discussions of climate change and global warming are the impacts of aviation induced water vapor (a highly potent greenhouse gas), into the atmosphere through jet engine combustion. New NASA and university studies, some of which are presented below, show that aviation has a huge warming impact on all parts of the Earth most prominently having a negative impact in the Alaska and Arctic areas by artificially warming these areas.
This has led to many countries staking out claims to these warming areas in Alaska and the Arctic. Oil and gas companies are applying for permits to drill in these areas (the U.S. has already given Shell Oil permits to drill and in 2012, have approved questionable oil spill mitigation measures). Many countries are competing with each other for the monetary prize, military advantage, and other benefits from the warming of these areas.
The ADC has worked to document these various interests, the financial rewards of exploiting these areas, the ecological hazards, military advantages, advantages to shipping commerce, and other interests.
We hear the climate change/global warming manta all the time with crisis warnings day-in and day-out without closely examining the water vapor/aviation impact issues. These dire warnings are designed to drive the impetus for a new carbon tax and for a multitude of climate remediation or geoengineering schemes to be implemented which could make the situation much worse.
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Instead of working with Boeing and other corporations, along with the military to reduce the amount of water vapor and toxic emissions produced by rockets and jet engines, a major source of warming over these cold areas, geoengineers like David Keith and Ken Caldeira, are working to add additional water vapor into the atmosphere to produce aluminum oxide or sulfur particles in the atmosphere. (This process happens when the water vapor is mixed with various gases like aluminum oxide gas.)
Some areas in the world are turning colder or freezing while those areas where there are natural resources to be tapped for $Billions in profits are warming. Jets producing excessive water vapor could be used to continually warm these area...and we may be seeing their impact on an almost daily basis as they criss-cross our skies releasing excessive water vapor and producing man-made clouds.
The information presented below and videos is for your own research into this topic. It should be noted that many studies are showing that aviation and rockets emissions are having an enormous impact on the Earth's Atmosphere along with the water vapor (a powerful greenhouse gas), that they produce.
Alaska & Arctic Issues
Arctic & Greenland Issues
Natural Gas, Natural Resources & Oil Drilling
Frontline 2012: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/alaska-gold/
Frontline - Behind the Insatiable Global Demand for Copper Alaska Issues - 2012:
EPA & U.S. Department of the Interior
NOAA "TAKE" Permits & Maps (Impacts on Marine Mammals)
H.A.A.R.P. & H.I.P.P.A.S. Programs in Alaska
(High Altitude Auroral Research Program - Note Use of Natural Gas in Alaska)
Historical & Current Information on Aviation Impacts on Alaska & the Arctic
The Negative Impacts of Aviation on the Global Atmosphere & the Aviation Impacts on Alaska & the Arctic Regions
Climate Change (Note the Increasing Number of Worldwide Weather Modification Programs)
Laws - Lawsuits - Regulations - Legislation
Items in the News
Alaska & The Arctic - Foreign Countries
Oil Spills & Other Disasters in Alaska, the Arctic & Other Regions
Tundra - Wildlife - Trees - Plants
U.S. Navy Circumnaviation - Commercial Shipping & Foreign Military & Commercial Interests
For Additional Information Please Visit the Weather Modification Section of this Website: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=weather-modifications
MMMAP of U.S. & Foreign Countries - Weather Modification Programs:
U.S. Government Positions & U.S. Navy Interests
Geoengineering: Destroying The Atmosphere with Rosalind Peterson - Uploaded by TheAlexJonesChannel on Feb 25, 2012 - Global Geoengineering Governance: Currently the U.S. Government, our military, NASA (other U.S. agencies), any city, county, state, private individuals, corporations, foreign governments, and foreign corporations, can initiate any type of geoengineering or weather modification experiments without public knowledge, consent, government restrictions or public debate. (Water Vapor produced by Aviation is contributing to warming of area like Alaska & the Arctic according to recent university studies. NASA notes that jet contrails turning into man-made clouds exacerbates global warming since water vapor is a greenhouse gas.)
What actions should we take in Challenging the Arctic Drilling Permits?
"...We should be challenging Shell Oil’s plans as the most vulnerable part of their plan is spill response in Arctic conditions. Shell Oil, and other oil companies like BP, use the oil spill training response center in Cordova, Alaska as their “proof” that they know how to respond to an oil spill. The problem with that is the training center in Cordova does not allow for training under Arctic sea ice conditions or extreme temperatures.
The reason that oil is shipped from nearby Valdez is because that portion of Prince William Sound never freezes and has no pack ice or other problems found in other areas. The only ice they see is calved from glaciers. No one has a clue how to clean up an oil spill that has occurred under Arctic conditions.
Shell has placed a lot of equipment up there and it all looks good on paper. Shell Oil and other companies should be challenged on their inability to conduct any research and training under the conditions that are to be found in the Arctic before any drilling takes place in those colder regions.
It should be emphasized that Arctic pressure ridges in the ice often deflect ice down into the ocean floor to depths of fifty or more feet. What would happen if a pressure ridge were to deflect ice down to a well manifold and strip the manifold off? This could be an ugly disaster. And this issue is never addressed by Shell or other oil companies.
In addition testing of the injection of drilling/mud/cement into a well to cap it for future production is suspect at best. The materials that go into plugging a hole, cement/drill mud/binders/ all have far different behavioral characteristics under the extreme cold seen up north in the Arctic region. Thus, estimates on what would happen under Arctic conditions are at best a guess. These questions need to be answered through performing research in the Arctic rather than after an accident occurs..." CS & RP
News Item - April 16, 2012
Yahoo & AP News – April 16, 2012
As Ice Cap Melts, Militaries Vie for Arctic Edge
By ERIC TALMADGE | Associated Press – April 16, 2012
In this March 19, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, crew members look out from the USS Connecticut, a Sea Wolf-class nuclear submarine, after it surfaced through ice in the Arctic Ocean. The U.S. and other countries are building up their military presence in the Arctic to help exploit its riches - and protect shifting borders. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Cmdr. Christy Hagen)
In this Monday, March 12, 2012 photo, a sentry patrols beside the USS Connecticut, a Sea Wolf-class nuclear attack submarine, during a port call at a U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan. The submarine took part in exercises at the North Pole in 2011 to improve the U.S. Navy's operations in the Arctic. 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. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
In this Monday, March 12, 2012 photo, Sonar Technician James Corriveau, of Boston, Mass., cleans the weapons shipping hatch on the USS Connecticut, a Sea Wolf-class nuclear attack submarine, during a port call at a U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan. The submarine took part in exercises at the North Pole in 2011 to improve the U.S. Navy's operations in the Arctic. 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. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
In this Monday, March 12, 2012 photo, Commander Ian Johnson stands in front of the USS Connecticut, a Sea Wolf-class nuclear submarine, during a port call at a U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan. The submarine took part in exercises at the North Pole in 2011 to improve the U.S. Navy's operations in the Arctic. 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. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
March 19, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, crew members look out from the USS Connecticut, a Sea Wolf-class nuclear submarine, after it surfaced through ice in the Arctic Ocean. The U.S. and other countries are building up their military presence in the Arctic to help exploit its riches - and protect shifting borders. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Cmdr. Christy Hagen)
YOKOSUKA, Japan(AP) — To the world's military leaders, the debate over climate changeis 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, Norwaywrapped 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., Canadaand Denmarkheld 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. Navylast year.
What countries should do about climate change remains a heated political debate. But that has not stopped north-looking militaries from moving ahead with strategies that assume current trends will continue.
Russia, Canada and the United States have the biggest stakes in the Arctic. With its military budget stretched thin by Iraq, Afghanistan and more pressing issues elsewhere, the United States has been something of a reluctant northern power, though its nuclear-powered submarine fleet, which can navigate for months underwater and below the ice cap, remains second to none.
Russia — one-third of which lies within the Arctic Circle— has been the most aggressive in establishing itself as the emerging region's superpower.
Rob Huebert, an associate political science professor at the University of Calgary in Canada, said Russia has recovered enough from its economic troubles of the 1990s to significantly rebuild its Arctic military capabilities,which were a key to the overall Cold War strategy of the Soviet Union, and has increased its bomber patrols and submarine activity.
He said that has in turn led other Arctic countries — Norway, Denmark and Canada — to resume regional military exercises that they had abandoned or cut back on after the Soviet collapse. Even non-Arctic nations such as France have expressed interest in deploying their militaries to the Arctic.
"We have an entire ocean region that had previously been closed to the world now opening up," Huebert said. "There are numerous factors now coming together that are mutually reinforcing themselves, causing a buildup of military capabilities in the region. This is only going to increase as time goes on."
Noting that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, the U.S. Navy in 2009 announced a beefed-up Arctic Roadmap by its own task force on climate change that called for a three-stage strategy to increase readiness, build cooperative relations with Arctic nations and identify areas of potential conflict.
"We want to maintain our edge up there," said Cmdr. Ian Johnson, the captain of the USS Connecticut, which is one of the U.S. Navy's most Arctic-capable nuclear submarines and was deployed to the North Pole last year. "Our interest in the Arctic has never really waned. It remains very important."
But the U.S. remains ill-equipped for large-scale Arctic missions, according to a simulation conducted by the U.S. Naval War College. A summary released last month found the Navy is "inadequately prepared to conduct sustained maritime operations in the Arctic" because it lacks ships able to operate in or near Arctic ice, support facilities and adequate communications.
"The findings indicate the Navy is entering a new realm in the Arctic," said Walter Berbrick, a War College professor who participated in the simulation. "Instead of other nations relying on the U.S. Navy for capabilities and resources, sustained operations in the Arctic region will require the Navy to rely on other nations for capabilities and resources."
He added that although the U.S. nuclear submarine fleet is a major asset, the Navy has severe gaps elsewhere — it doesn't have any icebreakers, for example. The only one in operation belongs to the Coast Guard. The U.S. is currently mulling whether to add more icebreakers.
Acknowledging the need to keep apace in the Arctic, the United States is pouring funds into figuring out what climate change will bring, and has been working closely with the scientific community to calibrate its response.
"The Navy seems to be very on board regarding the reality of climate change and the especially large changes we are seeing in the Arctic," said Mark C. Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences University of Colorado. "There is already considerable collaboration between the Navy and civilian scientists and I see this collaboration growing in the future."
The most immediate challenge may not be war — both military and commercial assets are sparse enough to give all countries elbow room for a while — but whether militaries can respond to a disaster.
Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the London-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said militaries probably will have to rescue their own citizens in the Arctic before any confrontations arise there.
"Catastrophic events, like a cruise ship suddenly sinking or an environmental accident related to the region's oil and gas exploration, would have a profound impact in the Arctic," she said. "The risk is not militarization; it is the lack of capabilities while economic development and human activity dramatically increases that is the real risk." End
New York Times-October 25, 2011 - Article + Video
"...With the Obama administration having lifted a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Arctic and elsewhere, Shell Oil has received preliminary permits to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska as soon as next summer...Yet Shell’s rigs would work in the same sea where people here have hunted migrating endangered bowhead whales for thousands of years and still do, trekking from this thin spit in the Chukchi Sea across the frozen ocean each spring and slipping into the water in sealskin boats, deliberately doing things traditionally even as they have embraced change in other ways..."
NOAA 2010 Report: Record high temperatures across Canadian Arctic and Greenland, a reduced summer sea ice cover, record snow cover decreases and links to some Northern Hemisphere weather support this conclusion.
January 12, 2011 on CNN: Ice Wars
C-SPAN2 Book: "Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores"
December 6, 2011 by Greg Palast - About the Program: Greg Palast presents his investigation of the BP oil spill and talks about the corruption he says permeates the oil industry, the financial sector, and government. This event, held at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Maryland, is hosted by WPFW (Pacifica Radio).
Huffington Post - April 16, 2012 - Arctic Climate Change Opening Region To New Military Activity
The New Modern Gold Rush for the Arctic - Video Huffington Post - New Sea Lanes
Oil & Natural Gas - Environmental Price & Fight over who owns these resources. International Business Times
BBC News - U.S. Exxon $500Billion deal Russian oil company to drill for oil in the Arctic also gives Russian state owned Oil Company access to a stake in oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. (BP deal failed)
Royal Dutch Shell Profits Rising (Video), has sent an oil rig to the Arctic Waters off Alaska - Wants to drill 6 exploration wells.
EPA has upheld the oil drilling permits after attempts by Environmental Groups to Stop Shell's oil drilling projects. Reuters 2012
See Reuters video on damage in Niger River due to oil spill deep sea at Royal Dutch Shell, huge fish kill, 13 villages affected by the oil spill from offshore oil drilling leaks. Oil spills are common in this region from offshore oil drilling. 2012.
- Shell Oil Quote: "At Shell, we believe Alaska has significant untapped potential and will play an increasingly important role in meeting the energy challenge in the future. It holds great opportunity that comes with great responsibility..." May 27, 2012
Shell Website Video. http://www.shell.us/home/content/usa/aboutshell/projects_locations/alaska/
- May 2, 2012 Shell Article: Shell Receives Final Incidental Harassment Authorizations 05/02/2012
On May 2, 2012, "NMFS awarded Shell final IHA’s for its planned 2012 exploration programs in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas". "...On May 2, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) awarded Shell final Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA’s) for its planned 2012 exploration programs in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas..."
- New York Times - May 23, 2012 - "New and Frozen Frontier in Alaska Awaits Shell Offshore Oil Drilling"
Greenland’s Unfrozen Future - September 18, 2012 - By Shayla Harris and Andrew Testa - Greenland’s receding ice has exposed vast deposits of valuable minerals and new opportunities for an island in economic decline. Article: Race Is On as Ice Melt Reveals Arctic Treasures