Pompeo: Arctic ice melting means 'new opportunities for trade’

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/05/06/pompeo-arctic-ice-melting-mea.html

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Meanwhile…

But hey, fossil fuels! Radioactive ores! Gold and diamonds! All the things that are truly important in life to a conservative.

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He is not wrong, just wrong-headed.

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…soon to be one of the world’s premier tropical getaway destinations!

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This is the sort of thing villains in James Bond movies say.

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If your ideas for commerce would sound stupid coming from a 19th century banker in london, it’ll sound stupid now.

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Let’s not forget he started out as a Koch brothers lackey. So, maybe he’s the Oddjob to the Goldfingers.

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We may be overthinking this - dude could just not love his kid.

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Hooray: The Northwest passage is open year round.

Boo: we’re all dead.

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“No, young Pompeo, I expect you to die!”

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Yes, Ironically this will cut some greenhouse emmisions due to shorter sea routes. But still, not the takeaway one should have for the whole issue.

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Just think of how much money some entrepreneur is going to make selling off the very last polar bear as meat. “You’ll never get to taste this again folks! Highest bidder wins a banquet that will impress even C. Montgomery Burns!”

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Climate Change, it’s not just an externality anymore!

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“May you live in interesting times.” And so we do. May God have mercy on our souls. Our children and grandchildren will not.

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and diseases which we thought died out in the last ice age

more than 2,300 reindeer in the area died from the infection. The likely cause? Thawing permafrost. According to Russian officials, thawed permafrost—a permanently frozen layer of soil—released previously immobile spores of Bacillus anthracis into nearby water and soil and then into the food supply. The outbreak was the region’s first in 75 years.

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Yup

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What a fantastical fuckhead.

@knoxblox: Perhaps more like the Austin Powers villainous henchman Random Task - lest we forget we’re living in the dumbest possible timeline.

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http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/12/report-austin-powers-actor-accused-of-murdering-his-cellmate/

Way more stupid than I could ever credit.

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Holy shitballs, Florida Man!

[Yup. Hard to imagine this timeline getting dumber, yet, here we are. :frowning:]

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Put this asshole on an ice floe and give it a shove…

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