Arctic Circle

Working With Alaska To Reduce Energy Use And #ActOnClimate

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During my first year as the Deputy Secretary of Energy, I had the privilege of visiting Alaska at the invitation of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Together we flew over the state, above the magnificent Denali National Park, and met with Alaskans to hear about the energy challenges they face. Two facts are very clear: one, remote… Keep reading →

Two U.S. Navy Vessels Collide

A previous article explained why the Arctic is currently a central theme in world politics. Canadian Professor Michael Byers established this thesis during a highly informative event hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – entitled “Passing the Arctic Council Torch” – that brought together leading Arctic experts from government and academia… Keep reading →

Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster 15 Years Later

The closing of the American West just over a century ago was thought to be the end of a long chapter of human exploration that was as inspiring and enriching as it often was destructive and painful. New evidence that the far northern reaches of the globe are becoming increasingly passable and habitable means that… Keep reading →