Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just praised climate change. He hopes the ice caps melt.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just said the unthinkable regarding climate change and the future of the planet: he thinks it will be good.
While speaking at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Finland to discuss the United States commitment to the Arctic region, he said that the area's melting ice caps would be “new opportunities for trade.”
Here is his reasoning: If cities and land flood, ships can just sail over them, making trade faster.
“Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade,” Pompeo told the room. “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 come before—could come [sic] the 21s century Suez and Panama Canals.”
“And its centerpiece, the Arctic Ocean, is rapidly taking on new strategic significance,” continued the secretary. “Offshore resources, which are helping the respective coastal states, are the subject of renewed competition.”
This is a horrible way to think about climate change, obviously. And, the fact that the Secretary of State said this, in his official capacity, is alarming.
EARLIER: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his visit to a forum on Arctic policy in Finland. pic.twitter.com/oGansie0qR— The Hill (@thehill) May 6, 2019
Democrat voters have spoken: largely they are more concerned about climate change than any other issue from the next president. While the topic isn't glamorous, more and more people are becoming aware of what a disastrous effect climate change will be when coastal cities are wiped out due to flooding, costing trillions in damages. A large part of the United States population is located along the coast line. This really is a national security issue, not only a planetary one.
Important fact: The Arctic is currently warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, with no end in sight.
"I can't rank it... I can't tell you exactly which number," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells @jonkarl when asked where he would rank climate change among national security challenges. https://t.co/hUQxWb3cU0 pic.twitter.com/3SlInJPElR— ABC News (@ABC) May 6, 2019
Pompeo's comments also reflect the Trump administration's priorities. They simply aren't worried about global warming and President Trump has even called it a global hoax possibly coordinated by "the Chinese." When he was asked what they were doing, he couldn't even correctly answer, choosing instead to attack the Paris Climate Change Agreement.