"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
The oil barons of the world - and the militaries that rely on that oil - are seeing new opportunities in the North Pole as global climate change kicks into high gear. Warming weather is leading to the Northern ice cap melting - uncovering a treasure trove of oil and natural gas reserves. Scientists believe that the Arctic is storing 13% of the world's untapped oil - and nearly a third of the world's undiscovered natural gas. As the ice melts - access to these resources becomes easier and shipping lanes open - so now Northern nations are scrambling to stake out their chunk of Arctic resources as well as running military operations in the area should they have to fight for these resources in the not too distant future. In fact - two months ago - military leaders from the United States, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland met to discuss security issues around the Arctic. But shouldn't these nations have the exact opposite approach to disappearing ice in the Arctic? Why are we looking for more fossil fuels to burn while we're watching our world melt from fossil-fuel induced climate change? Dan Howells joins me now - he is the Deputy Campaigns Director for Greenpeace USA.