Climate Change

Pompeo Praises Collapse of the Arctic

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A United Nations committee released the results of a study yesterday that says up to 1 million species could be extinct by the year 2050 as a result of man-made climate change and consumption.

On the same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech at the annual meeting of the Arctic Council where he cited the economic opportunities of climate change.

"The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance," Pompeo said in remarks in Rovaniemi, Finland. "It houses 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources, fisheries galore."

"Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade," he continued. "This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as 20 days."

"Arctic sea lanes could become the 21st century Suez and Panama Canals," Pompeo remarked.

It should go without saying, but what happens in the Arctic won't stay in the Arctic. The collapse of Arctic sea ice may open up new opportunities for trade and the exploitation of natural resources, but you might say that's a secondary concern to all of South Florida being swallowed by the ocean. And after the Arctic collapses, the Antarctic could follow.

It's not clear how the audience reacted Pompeo's remarks, but you may recall that the United States refused to sign onto a joint statement with the Arctic Council if it included even a single mention of climate change.

We didn't just refuse to mention climate change; we sent a representative who sang the praises of climate change.

Future generations will rightfully curse us all.

  • Draxiar

    What a short sighted fuckwit Pompeo is.

  • muselet

    The only rough equivalent I can think of would be for someone at a meeting of barber-surgeons in Europe in the mid-1300s trying to put a jobs! jobs! jobs! happy face on the Black Death pandemic: the amount of arable land available will increase as the landed gentry die off, there will be lots of new jobs created in the grave-digging industry and the general standard of living will rise (all of which happened, to one degree or another, but at the cost of possibly a couple of hundred million deaths).

    Mike Pompeo is a fool employed by a fool.


  • Tony Lavely

    “up to 1 million species could be extinct by the year 205”
    Would humans be included? Or perhaps, Republicans? Asking for a friend.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Would humans be included? Or perhaps, Republicans?

      I’m tempted to point out that those are two different groups.