Trump’s Presidency Gives Norway Hope For Fossil Fuel Exploration in the Arctic

The Huffington Post published an article titled, “Trump’s Presidency Gives Norway Hope For Fossil Fuel Exploration in the Arctic.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Trump’s inauguration in January marked the start of high levels of distress across the world as news of his policies spreads across the globe.

But in the midst of it all Norway sees a ray of hope for its plans in the Arctic Circle.

Officials from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs say Trump’s business background may suit their development goals better than Obama’s pro-environment policies.

‘The Trump administration is more in line with our point of view [about the Arctic], which is more use than protection’, said Bjørn Midthun, from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a conference on the Arctic in January.

Norway is one of eight countries in the Arctic Council, a governing body composed of the nations with territory in the Arctic. As climate change dramatically changes the landscape in the region, the council finds itself exploring opportunities that weren’t possible before.

An estimated 100 billion barrels of oil and 35 trillion cubic metres of natural gas are believed to be in the region, according to researchers from the University College London. These reserves are becoming more easily accessible as climate change thaws sea ice and makes the region increasingly navigable. Countries like Norway see this as an opportunity to expand exports through the Arctic.

But environmental experts are concerned. The Arctic is widely considered to be the canary in the coal mine of the effects of climate change. Research suggests that ice in the region currently keeps climate change from increasing global temperatures at unprecedented rates. The reflective nature of white snow sends radiation from the sun back into space, but once the snow is gone, the dark soil and ocean is expected to absorb the radiation and heat up the planet even more. Studies show sea ice reflects 85 percent of sunlight, while open sea reflects a mere 7 percent.”

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