Canada's vision for the Arctic, its third coast

  • Article by: Brian Shipley
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 6:17 PM

As current chair of the Arctic Council, Canada seeks sustainable development of the north.

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jarlmnNov. 1, 13 8:43 PM

While the U.S. sits and wails about climate change, Canada, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and even China are gearing-up to exploit new resources. While the U.S. fusses-around with silly-looking energy-saving lightbulbs, other countries are looking for new oil and mineral resources and mapping new transportation lanes. While the U.S. proposes laughable carbon-offsets, other countries plan for changing agricultural planting seasons and for changing crop locations. While the U.S. impotently plans to stick its finger in the dike of climate change try to stop it, other countries are planing to take full advantage of it! We will not long remain a world leader as long as the "Progressives" keep being reactive and regressive.

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braxozNov. 1, 13 9:02 PM

jarlmn Nov. 1, 13 8:43 PM While the U.S. sits and wails about climate change, Canada, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and even China are gearing-up to exploit new resources. While the U.S. fusses-around with silly-looking energy-saving lightbulbs, other countries are looking for new oil and mineral resources and mapping new transportation lanes. While the U.S. proposes laughable carbon-offsets, other countries plan for changing agricultural planting seasons and for changing crop locations. While the U.S. impotently plans to stick its finger in the dike of climate change try to stop it, other countries are planing to take full advantage of it! We will not long remain a world leader as long as the "Progressives" keep being reactive and regressive._________________ You think that these are the "benefits" of climate change, so what do we do about the negatives which will impact the crops in the US, the more unstable weather events, and rising sea level? If the Arctic becomes too warm and ice free, ocean circulation patterns can change - we probably won't have "The Day After Tomorrow", but I don't think we will like the results.

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jarlmnNov. 1, 1311:09 PM

My point my dear Braxoz, is that other countries are *proactively* dealing with climate change - figuring out new crop plantings, planning for sea level changes, plotting ice-free trade routes, etc. We, on the other hand, are REACTIVE - hoping to magically stave climate change off with impotent energy policy and other such sillyness. We are wasting precious time, trying to halt climate change. We desperately need to get busy on changing things like agricultural policy, not energy policy. If we don't replan our crops, you'll soon be using your fancy "eco-friendly," "energy-saving" light-bulb to see that your cupboard is bare.

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davehougNov. 2, 1312:28 AM

Even the best plans regarding carbon will only change the results for great-grandchildren instead of grandchildren. Effort put into adapting to climate change will pay off every year.

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jsmithxcNov. 2, 13 6:39 AM

Two important factors for Arctic communities today are climate change, which is impacting the north far more than elsewhere and resource extraction, especially oil, which has a sad history of destroying the environment and cultures everywhere not just in the Arctic. The two are related and I applaud Canada for taking this approach. Maybe those at this conference in North Dakota should head out to the oil fields and talk to locals to see what resource development has done to their environment and lifestyles.

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checkfactsNov. 2, 13 8:54 AM

"Adapting to climate" change is naive at best and responsible Canadains should know that carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere from extracting more fossil fuels speeds up and exacerbates the eventual chain reaction. Once methane begins erupting from perma-frost, nothing will stop the doomsday clock. Stop the arguing about whether the earth has ever been there before. No matter what you believe, if humans walked with dinosaurs or not, both are gone.

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ddellwoNov. 2, 13 9:38 AM

The global warming debate has been so bastardized by both sides of the spectrum for political gain that it has essentially become a caricature! I see very little that will be done to stop it (if we even can) so my philosophy is that the sooner you learn to live with it, the better off you'll be!

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viqueenfailNov. 2, 1312:27 PM

Can't wait! I'd much rather sit on a sunny beach in a civilized country than go to one of those bacteria and drug lord filled ones. Cabo San Arctic! Bring it on!

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rlundl02Nov. 2, 13 1:02 PM

Carbon burning in China and India makes the U.S. look uber green. Until those two countries do something, any efforts in the U.S. is basically tinkering around the edges. I'm beginning to think Canada has the right approach. Give in to the inevitable and make the best of it. There'll be upsides and downsides.

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bogie246Nov. 2, 13 3:36 PM

Once again liberals are into feel good strategies. Nothing they have proposed will have any meaningful impact on the climate, but will lead to a great deterioration of America's quality of life. For example, the Kyoto protocol would have been devastating to the US. We must be good caretakers of the environment, but I am not ready to sacrifice America because generally illogical liberals are panicked.

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