ASSOCIATED PRESS AND AOL CARRY ARTICLE ON U.S. LACK OF ARCTIC CAPABILITIES
|Canadian Ice Breakers Working On a Joint U.S. / Canada Arctic Research Project. Photo Credit: U.S. Army|
Editor's Note: For nearly two years now we have been writing, publishing, and linking to articles explaining what is at stake in the High Arctic, What U.S. interests are, the international controversies, and the failure of the United States to react and respond. Yesterday, just in time for the new year the Associated Press distributed an article by Deb Riechmann on our lack of clout in the Arctic. It was picked up and published by AOL. We are pleased to link you to this rare general media account on this subject.
|Photo: U.S. Coast Guard: CGC POLAR SEA, CGC POLAR STAR|
Editors' note: The above linked article indicates that the United States operates three government ice breakers. Actually we can operate only one. The CGC POLAR SEA and the CGC POLSAR STAR depicted above were build in 1977, have seen heavy usage and were originally scheduled for scrapping in 2012. Basically one has been able to rise to occasional service and the other is basically used for parts.