A War so Cold that Ice is Melting
A new Cold War has been set off. (Strange I did not know the Old Cold War was over). Oh yes, now there is a new one. We see it on television. A robotic arm plants a Russian flag underwater in the Arctic floor. That is what we see. After wondering about special effects and why news channel have such bad definition for certain video streams, we are left to meditate about the new Cold War conflict.
The Arctic resources are now easy to get to because the Arctic ice is melting. The five Arctic powers - Russia, US, Canada, Norway and Denmark - are all in the mix up of the Arctic claim.
Seems like the oil disasters, specifically the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was not enough. After marathonic speeches, months of watching oil gouge into the ocean, looking at birds covered in oil, beaches closed and listening to thousands of fishermen and scientists speaking about the environment, we are back at it. When things go bad one may think, well at least we learnt the lesson. But, after all that big mess, some people had another brilliant idea, “lets go drilling in the Arctic,” they thought.
An oil expert smiled with enthusiasms as he said that "the world is getting warmer and the Arctic ice is melting, so summer would be a great time to explore the Arctic. Why? Because we can now reach places that were not available for us before". Yes, I am paraphrasing but that is what he said.
And that was just it. That did it. Who on his right mind could think such a thing? If the ice is melting, shouldn’t we do something about it instead of fighting about who will get to drill? Drilling for oil got us into this situation, how is it going to make things better? What is the big plan? To let the ice melt so that the oceans rise and drown everybody? Come on, let us in on the big scheme, because we are obviously missing out on it.
Patiently environmentalists explained and warned Corporations and Governments yet once again. They explained them that an oil spill in the Arctic would be even worse than the one in the Gulf.
Worse, how could it be worse? An oil spill? No, that only happened, let see…oh yes, YESTERDAY!
So along came the parade, and along came the leaders, and along came some representative lined side by side with military figures in uniforms. And don’t you just love when a country spokesperson comes out in the middle of the afternoon on live TV with the military surrounding him?
Then the news said this was the New Cold War. They should tell that to the White Polar Bear who is swimming its way into extinction because the ice it needs to survive is melting. For the White Polar Bear this is the global warming war. For the White Polar Bear this is the a war for his survival.
These guys are the brightest of the brightest. The only reason why ice is melting and why the Earth is becoming 5 degrees warmer is because of the oil rush and the emissions that are out of control. Today Global Warming did not only become real, even for those who always denied it, today global warming is seen as an opportunity.
Do you think Global Warming is an opportunity? Who do you think the Arctic belongs to? Why do you think these Corporations continue drilling for oil?