2013-07-24. Polar Thaw Opens Shortcut for Russian Natural Gas.

posted Jul 25, 2013, 10:54 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: ...The polar ice cap is melting, and if executives at the Russian energy company Novatek feel guilty about profiting from that, they do not let it be known in public. ...Novatek, in partnership with the French energy company Total and the China National Petroleum Corporation, is building a $20 billion liquefied natural gas plant on the central Arctic coast of Russia. It is one of the first major energy projects to take advantage of the summer thawing of the Arctic caused by global warming. The plant, called Yamal LNG, would send gas to Asia along the sea lanes known as the Northeast Passage, which opened for regular international shipping only four years ago. .... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/business/energy-environment/polar-thaw-opens-shortcut-for-russian-natural-gas.html. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times. [Note: this is a "socio-economic-inclusive" positive feedback loop: the more global warming there is, the easier it is to transport fossil fuel, which in turn makes more global warming.]