Exploring the Arctic: The Freedom of a New Platform

by Alicia Cerretani

Recently I was forwarded an article published in a Canadian newspaper which revealed how the Canadian Navy, despite having one of the most geographically advantageous positions to the Arctic, currently has almost no Arctic presence. The article quotes the Navy’s website saying, “The [Canadian] Navy can only operate in northern waters for a short period of time, and only when there is no ice.”


Northern Sea Route

The article features the Canadian Coast Guard’s ice breaker Louis St. Laurent, the 40 year old, 120 meter diesel electric ship which, for the last two weeks, has been stranded off the Nunavut coast because of a loose propeller nut. 48 crew members are still working aboard the vessel, along with a team of underwater ship repair specialists who are working against the clock to fix the propeller before the freeze-up comes in just a matter of weeks.

Now, contrast how the Canadians are faring in the Arctic, with the profound breakthroughs achieved just in the last few months between the nations of Russia, Denmark, Finland, China and Japan in the Arctic. On September 23, the largest bulk carrier to travel the Northern Sea Route, the Japanese owned Sanko Odyssey, set out from the Russian port Murmansk, escorted by a Russian icebreaker, carrying 70,000 tons of iron ore concentrate arriving in China after 23 days at sea. That’s 22 days and 1,000 tons of fuel less, and one unique diplomatic development more, than taking the alternative route traversing the Suez canal.

Then, an even greater contrast to the Canadian’s predicament, is the rise of the presence of China in the Arctic, a nation which has no geographical border with either the north or the south pole regions. However, according to Chen Lianzeng, deputy director of the State Oceanic Administration, by 2013, “China will have at least two icebreakers concurrently operating at both the north and south poles,” and conducting expeditions in our planet’s polar regions for more than 200 days annually.

Therefore, if the critical advantage of colonizing the Arctic isn’t the nation’s proximity to the pole, what is it?

Operating at a higher economic platform than other nations, i.e. a nuclear based economy.

Granted, the two latest Chinese icebreakers are not nuclear powered, but 10 of the 10 Russian icebreakers are, and if you are going to enter the Arctic, you are going to be working with the Russians, otherwise, well, you may just get stuck.

These developments in the Arctic are a near perfect example of what Lyndon LaRouche, the foremost economic forecaster on the planet means, when he says that in order to survive, our species must continue to rise to higher and higher platforms of economic productivity. And the Arctic is a perfect example. Without means, technologically, to thoroughly explore and discover the northern and southern poles, our species would be almost completely in the dark (much like we are today) regarding the two regions of the planet that interact probably more than any other part of the earth, with the now increasingly menacing solar and cosmic environment around us.


Main aurora from NASA shuttle

What is being established in the Arctic right now, is not simply more rapid trading routes, but the pioneering of a base of scientific investigation unmatched on the planet, and the freedom to explore and discover is granted, not because of a particular geographical location, or a domineering military threat, that freedom exists because of a commitment to higher energy flux densities which accomplishs work that lower economic platforms or energy flux densities, e.g. coal, diesel, etc. simply cannot. Now that is physical economics from an evolutionary standpoint.

In closing, LPAC will continue to keep an updated picture of the (ice) breaking developments in the Arctic, and also the Antarctic as key developments to the bioengineering of the planet and invaluable insights into the cosmic environment which we know too little about. What I hope became clear in this short post, is that only bold development perspectives of this planet and beyond will secure our immediate future. Leaving the only people left afraid of nuclear power, the ones that should be: the enemies of mankind as an immortal species that we are.

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