Looking for edge, Maine plunges into Arctic policy

Sen. King, Gov. LePage and businesses work to set the stage for more trade as warming northern waters allow expanded shipping and potential for the state to be a U.S. gateway.

By Tom Bell

Portland Press Herald

Maine is positioning itself as a player in Arctic politics, which could increase opportunities for Maine’s climate researchers and for businesses in the advanced materials, construction, marine transportation, renewable power and logistics sectors.

Shell oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission

Controversial decision expected from US interior secretary likely to spark protests from campaigners against Anglo-Dutch exploration in seas off Alaska

By Terry Macalister

The Guardian US

The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.

The green light from Sally Jewell, the interior secretary, will spark protests from environmentalists who have campaigned against proposed exploration by the Anglo-Dutch group in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska.

The U.S. Is Not Ready for a Melting Arctic

Emergency response, navigation, and charting has not kept pace with the rapidly changing polar region.

By Clare Foran

The National Journal

America faces an Arctic dilemma.

Next month, the U.S. is set to take the helm of the Arctic Council, an international forum for the polar region. That event creates an opportunity for the Obama administration to talk up its commitment to advancing U.S. interests in the Arctic, an expansive land and sea territory that contains vast untapped energy resources.

Maine’s Sen. King co-creates Arctic Caucus

The partnership with an Alaska Republican signals that Maine wants to shape policy for the far north.

By Tom Bell

Central Maine News

Sen. Angus King is partnering with Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to influence U.S. policies on Arctic issues.

King, an independent, and Murkowski, a Republican, on Wednesday announced the creation of an “Arctic Caucus” in the Senate. Both senators believe the United States should be a leader in guiding international policy decisions that affect the Arctic.