The U.S. Naval Institute reported: "Coast Guard Analysis Says U.S. Needs 3 Heavy and 3 Medium Icebreakers, Path to Ships Unclear."
Why are we buying icebreakers? Al Gore assured us the Arctic ill be ice free by 2013. This was based on science, not propaganda.
Professor Wieslaw Maslowski of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, told the BBC in December 2007: "Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007. So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative."
If anything, we should be buying ice-making machines. Secretary of State John Kerry said when he was in the Senate in 2009:
Scientists tell us we have a 10-year window -- if even that -- before catastrophic climate change becomes inevitable and irreversible. The threat is real, and time is not on our side.
Facts, as John Adams said, are stubborn things. Here are a few you need to know: Atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels have risen 38% in the industrial era, from 280 to 385 parts per million (ppm). Scientists have warned that anything above 450 ppm -- a warming of 2 degrees Celsius -- will result in an unacceptable risk of catastrophic climate change.
The truth is that the threat we face is not an abstract concern for the future. It is already upon us and its effects are being felt worldwide, right now. Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013. Not in 2050, but four years from now.And yet he and President Obama want to buy icebreakers.
Of course all this is baloney. And the Coast Guard's justification is couched in this Man Is Heating The Erath Beyond Repair nonsense: "The need for the ships is mounting as reduction in the icepack in the Arctic makes the region more attractive to not only natural resources exploration but also tourism and compared to the other Arctic nations."
Nonsense. The reality is the ice pack is growing, and temperatures are dropping.