Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Navy’s war games sound like fighting San Andreas

The U.S. and Russian navies are planning arctic war games, and once again the greens have their knickers in a knot.
The two navies probably will have more luck than Dwayne Johnson in “San Andreas,” because the ice is melting.
Not even the capitalist, military industrial complex can fight the Gaia Theory.
Although scientists haven’t quite caught up with earthquake “swarms” like they have with global warming, governments certainly do know about it.
Even the Kansas City milkman has heard.
The New York Times reports Americans, who didn’t even want to talk about climate change when they were jobless or about to be, now are interested.
“Sixty-eight percent of Americans also say there is “solid evidence of warming,” up from 57 percent in 2009,” the Times said, quoting Pew Research.
“The U.S. Navy is set to begin a major war exercise in the Gulf of Alaska amid protests from local communities concerned about environmental damage. The Navy is reportedly unleashing thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines and Coast Guard members along with several Navy destroyers, hundreds of aircrafts, untold weaponry and a submarine for the naval exercises. The Gulf of Alaska is one of the most pristine places left on Earth; the region includes critical habitat for all five wild Alaskan salmon species and 377 other species of marine life.,” Democracy Now reports.
It’s not clear whether the U.S. administration’s plans to allow  drilling in the Beaufort Sea could oil the waters, make it hard to sea.
Russia has been pushing oil exploration in the arctic also, despite a glut that has brought prices way down.
This week the Russian fleet flew drones over the ice to monitor its own forces, possibly as a test for future missions. Hope no one ends up like James Taylor"s "Frozen Man."

A federal employee's group called for scaling down the mission.
“The Navy should confine its live-fire and active sonar exercises far offshore and to the winter months, in order to minimize risks to marine mammals and the coastal ecosystem,” contended Rick Steiner, a retired University of Alaska professor and PEER board member, who obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act. “The Navy should also dial-down its plans for five years of expanded Gulf of Alaska war games starting next year.”
The navy drills follow reports of the Norwegian discovery that the warming meant polar bears are eating dolphins trapped in a maze of ice.
This is a return to the Cold War few will be happy to see.
It makes “Dr. Strangelove” look like child’s play. With the development of gore tex it has only been a matter of time until there was no last frontier.
Barry Scott Zellen has written about the on-coming plague in “Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom.”

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