Alaska leaders continued to pressure U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a rare event in NW Alaska on Tuesday, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying that reducing the budget of the DoI is just one of the tools she has to control the agency.
The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward validating the government’s 2008 sale of Arctic drilling rights to Shell and other companies.
Earlier this month the U.S. Navy’s research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C., to show off some of its hottest new technology.
A new cold war is forming — very cold. The Navy expects to have enough trained personnel and equipment by 2030 to respond to contingencies and emergencies in the Arctic, said Robert Freeman, spokesman for the Oceanographer of the Navy.
But the announcement from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell triggered an uproar from Alaska leaders, angry that the federal government was making a decision that they said would harm the state’s economy.
Registration for the 2015 Ocean Leadership Public Policy Forum is now open.
As oil prices continue to plummet, some corporations are scaling back on expensive exploration projects — like drilling in Arctic waters.
This week the President issued an executive Order – Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats held a hearing entitled “The United States as an Arctic Nation: Opportunities in the High North”.
Shrinking sea ice is wreaking havoc on Arctic ringed seals (Phoca hispida hispida), which live throughout the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.