Despite melting ice caps Coast Guard needs more funds for icebreakers.

I thought the North Pole was melting…

The Coast Guard was up on Capitol Hill begging for more money to enhance and replace parts of the aging Arctic ice breaker fleet. Two of the vessels are nearly 30 years old and costing more and more to keep afloat, and the typical Washington bureaucratic shuffle now means the Coast Guards’ icebreaking funds are no longer directly controlled by the Coast Guard (long boring story).

In contrast, the Russians have a decided advantage in ice breaking skills with 8 nuclear powered cutters operating in their waters, plowing the way for their oil companies to rush into the Arctic ahead of our oil companies.


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