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Canada’s Harper Announces North Pole Plans

From Canada’s RTÉ News:

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) poses for a photograph with Arctic Rangers in the Arctic port of Nanisivik, Nunavut, August 10, 2007.

Canada announces its arctic plans

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Canada’s prime minister has announced the country is set to build its first Arctic deep-sea port to bolster its claims to the Northwest Passage and Arctic seabed, believed to hold oil and gas riches.

An old dock and gravel runway at the abandoned lead and zinc mining town of Nanisivik, Baffin Island, would be refurbished to re-supply new Arctic patrol vessels, according to the prime minister Stephen Harper.

A new Canadian Forces winter fighting school would be built in Resolute Bay in the Northwest Passage, he said.

His announcement comes at the end of a three-day tour of Canadian territory in the Arctic.

Canada is at odds with Russia, Denmark, Norway and the United States over 1.2m sq km area of the Arctic seabed, which is thought to hold 25% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas.

Recently, the international rivalry has heated up as melting polar ice make the region more accessible, and could open the Northwest Passage to year-round shipping by 2050.

You see, with just a little effort, any story can be turned into a “global warming story.

“Well, boys, I reckon this is it. New-q-lure combat, toe-to-toe with the Rooskies.”

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