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Welcome to the return of the Cold War, Global Warming style

By Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper should send a map of Canada to Foreign Minister Fran-Walter Steinmeier of Germany--tout suite, as they say in La Belle Province.

Predicting a new Cold War, Steinmeier claims that climate change is a growing threat to world peace and has now led to “rival territorial claims in the Arctic.”

The German foreign minister has weighed in with concern that a Russian flag was planted on the seabed at the North Pole in August, staking a claim to the area, which may be rich in energy resources.

Predicting a new Cold War, Steinmeier claims that climate change is a growing threat to world peace and has now led to “rival territorial claims in the Arctic.”

The German foreign minister has weighed in with concern that a Russian flag was planted on the seabed at the North Pole in August, staking a claim to the area, which may be rich in energy resources.

“Denmark also claims part of the Arctic through its Greenland province.” (Reuters, Oct. 23, 2007).

Canada, which has sovereignty over the Arctic, seems not to be in the picture as far as Steinmeier and Reuters are concerned.

In July, Prime Minister Harper announced the construction of up to eight Polar Class 5 Arctic Offshore Patrol ships and the establishment of a deep water port in the Far North.

“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. Because Canada’s Arctic is central to our national identity as a northern nation. It is part of our history. And it represents the tremendous potential of our future, Harper said.

“There’s a `cold war’ at the North Pole that we have to prevent,” Steinmeier announced at yesterday’s conference on climate change. “Climate change is a threat to worldwide peace and security.

“Climate change is not a faraway problem. It’s dramatic and our window to act is even smaller than we thought just a few years ago. We need more courage and more creativity--not just in technology but also politically.”

It would seem that Germany’s foreign minister is not doing too badly in the creative department.

“Not only Russia but other neighboring nations have also staked claims for fossil fuels in this region,” Steinmeier said. “The eternal ice is melting before our eyes.”

In the words of the latest global warming alarmist, “Climate change has made exploitation possible where it was thought not possible.”

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin the incident which saw Russia planting a flag in the Arctic seabed to stake a claim to disputed territory near the North Pole, had a lot more to do with a “stuntsmanship” than it did in getting a leg up on carbon credits through finding new pools of fossil fuel.

Indeed, President Putin apologized to Canada over the flag-planting incident on Sept. 26.

“President Putin assured me that he meant no offence, nor had any intention to violate any international understanding or any Canadian sovereignty in any way,” Harper told the Council on Foreign Relations, a powerful New York think-tank.

“There is an international convention on which Russia and other countries are working to delineate basically the continental shelf and the relevant economic and other claims that may proceed from that. I think my former foreign minister (Peter Mackay) was pretty clear about Canada’s displeasure with the Russian stunt, I think that would be the best way to put it,” Harper told reporters.

With wars now raging all around us, Global Warming is blamed for melting the polar icecaps and seems to be giving some governments ideas about exploiting the until now inaccessible seabed below the Arctic ice.

Until backing off in the stunt department, Russia had been angling for the biggest piece of the Arctic pie claiming that the Arctic and Siberia are linked via the undersea Lomonosov ridge.

Since Al Gore and Company have made Global Warming a household word, nations are feverishly competing to land first place in Mother Earth’s Teeniest Carbon Footprint Contest.

California, some of whose southern regions are engulfed by destructive wild fires, only last week came up with a lights-out program in deference to global warming. The lights in New York’s Empire Building will flash green for certain Muslim religious holidays and at twilight Tuesday, the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights will go dim--along with lights at many other famous sites around the City of Lights--all in an effort to call attention to energy consumption and its consequences.

Meanwhile, Global Warming has jumped down from the pulpit and into the war arena.

It’s the return of the Cold War, Global Warming style.

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