Global Warming and the Rush to Claim the Arctic's Riches

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CNN calls it "an irony that even Al Gore might appreciate." As global warming causes the polar icecaps to recede, frozen oceans become navigable and undiscovered oil and natural gas becomes accessible. Russia's most famous Arctic explorer, Artur Chilingarov, has placed a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is out on the Arctic Ocean making plans for an Army training center and a deep-water port. Melting ice may free up both the Northwest Passage and one quarter of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas. It's the Wild, Wild West all over again. Will the US assert its national interests?  What are the prospects for international conflict?

Credits

Guests:
McKenzie Funk - journalist and author - @McKenzieFunk, Franklyn Griffiths - Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Andrey Kortunov - Russian International Affairs Council - @Russian_Council, Mead Treadwell - PT Capital - @Mead_Treadwell, Eric Posner - Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Vanessa Romo, Karen Radziner