Icy hot?

Our first and fundamental task is to turn the Arctic into a resource base for Russia in the 21st century. Using these resources will entirely guarantee Russia’s energy security. […] We must finalize and draft a law on setting the southern border of the Arctic region…. This is our responsibility to future generations.”

Dmitry Medvedev, quoted in “Russia Must Cement Claim Over Arctic Resources, Medvedev Says,” Deutsche Welle, 17 September, 2008.

Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty over the Arctic. We either use it or lose it. And make no mistake, this government intends to use it. It is no exaggeration to say that the need to assert our sovereignty and protect our territorial integrity in the North on our terms have never been more urgent.

Stephen Harper, remarks at Esquimalt, British Columbia, 9 July, 2007.

There seems to be a competition brewing here. Billions of tons of oil are at stake. National pride and prestige rest on melting ice and “ambiguous” territorial claims. Where are the American presidential candidates on this pressing matter?


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