Thicker than Normal Arctic Ice is Delaying the Search for Global Warming Fossil Fuels

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 8th, 2012

Week in Review

The search for global warming fossil fuels is delayed due to unusually cooler temperatures that have caused thicker ice than usual (see Ice, logistics delay Shell Alaska drilling plans by Yereth Rosen posted 7/6/2012 on Reuters).

Heavier than expected ice in Arctic waters off Alaska will likely delay until August Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L) long-anticipated exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, a company spokesman said on Friday…

Sea ice is “the number one reason we won’t be drilling in July,” Smith told Reuters. “At this point, we’re looking at the first week of August.”

While sea ice cover is sparse in most of the Arctic, ice off Alaska is thicker than in recent years, and that ice is melting fast, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Interesting.  Ice is thicker than in recent years.  And this all the while global warming has been melting Arctic ice.  So I guess global warming can both melt ice and freeze water.  Much like the U.S. can suffer a heat wave while Britain suffers the coldest and wettest winter on record.  All because of global warming.  It makes one wonder if there’s anything global warming can’t do?


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