Melting Arctic opens new frontier

The excerpt below is from an article originally published on Seacoastonline.com by Deborah McDermott.  [LINK]

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, in recent years has devoted considerable energy and focus on the Arctic — and for many reasons that dovetail with his personal convictions and his political expertise.
His credentials as founder of the Senate Arctic Caucus, a member of the multi-nation Arctic Council and a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force sum up his efforts: Focus attention on the causes and results of climate change, while pragmatically realize the melting Arctic ice is creating trade, energy, commercial, defense and recreational challenges and opportunities not possible until now.
And at least some of those opportunities, he argues, can redound to the benefit of Maine.
King has already traveled to Iceland and Arctic Canada, and last week returned from a three-day fact finding trip to Greenland, which he called the figurative “canary in the coal mine” of climate change.
“I returned from this trip considerably more concerned than I was before I went there,” he said. “It was very sobering. We were on the Jakobshavn Glacier, which has retreated as much in the last 10 years as it had in the past 100 years. That’s just scientific fact.”