Polar Dogs

Arctic Energy Summit – Anchorage, Alaska

Next month they’ll be meeting with glee to pick over the carcass, it’s not quite dead yet but once it is there’ll be plenty to squabble over.

Despite the fact the it’s demise is a dire warning of their own mortality they seem completely enthralled by the prospect of more. More.

The body in question is the Artic and the cause for excitement is it’s melting. Beneath its once impervious skin is the flesh they desire, oil, once elusive but now just a few degrees away.

Somehow it seems to have escaped them that it’s this thirst for oil that is melting the ice that will drown the Gulf Stream and flood the powerhouses of their commerce and our well-being; to create chaos.

Yet for all the dire warnings of continued fossil fuel use the addicts in denial want another fix. They’ve brought in their favourite experts who continue to tell them that all the fuss is hoax, experts who it’s seems are addicted to a different kind of hit; attention and perhaps hard cash.

The usual pushers the oil and gas moguls will be there, splashing the cash and pressing the flesh. British Petroleum so, so recently responsible for spilling oil over the Alaskan coastline are there to promote sustainability, safeguarding the environment and protecting rural communities.

The inhabitants of Alaska are themselves at the sharp end of climate change and experiencing rapid changes that are decimating its forests and undermining much of what it sits on, permafrost. Permafrost the frozen store of methane which if released will further push to climate towards an irreversible tipping point.

Still if you fancy a trip to Alaska before ice turns black then the Artic Energy Summit are offering Early Birds discounts till September. Beat the Oil Dogs!