Global irony

In yesterday’s New York Times, an article entitled “A new era of gunboat diplomacy” discussed how various nations of the earth (notably the U.S. and China) have been angling for control of seas that contain oil deposits, in many cases beefing up their naval capacity. Several paragraphs into the article I came across the following little tidbit:

“Several powers, including Russia, Canada and the United States, are eagerly circling the Arctic, where melting polar ice is opening up new shipping routes and the tantalizing possibility of vast oil and gas deposits beneath.”

So there you have it: Global warming causes melting of the Earth’s ice caps, thereby creating new opportunities to extract and burn more oil, and therefore to accelerate global warming.

Isn’t that special?

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