Our dimwit senator says in this press release that we don't need it!
"The melting polar ice caps have opened new passageways through the Arctic ice "
Sorta like hard drives.
Why, says you? It’s simple. All you have to do is think like a stupid ultraliberal Senator.
The first word is POLAR. That means it must have something to do with the cold north somewhere. This is of vital importance, because the polar whateveritis is melting, so was have to save it.
The next word is SEA. As we all know, the seas are rising due to the polar stuff we just talked about. Seas are important because without them, the whales would have to walk, and we do want to save the whales, don’t we?
The other two words are ICE BREAKER. Although breaking things is not always the best policy, ice breakers are important when people at a cocktail party do not know each other. Therefore, we must also save the ice breakers.
So when you put all four words together, POLAR SEA ICE BREAKER, it becomes four times as important to save as just one thing.
That, plus it might mean something about polar bears, which are cute and cuddly.
Apparently, we have an icebreaker in service ... the Healy. See:
The Coast Guard has three ice breakers, two of which are not in service. They are this one, scheduled to be broken up, and her sister ship, out of service but in a kind of limbo status. They are 1970s era ships. To truly re-fit them would cost $400 million. This is about half the cost of a new ice breaker.
The main use of these ice breakers is scientific. Not breaking ice for war ships or for commercial ships (although the Healy was recently pressed into service for that purpose).
The Russians, on the other hand, have an extensive fleet of icebreakers, both government and private. They’re serious about this.
It seems we should not only save this one; but have a much more robust fleet. Will we surrender the Arctic to the Russians?
Like everything else government, have to wait for a “crisis” to act.
IF they knew this ship was to be scrapped; and they knew it would take 8-10 years to build a new one, then why wasn’t one ordered 12 years ago, (which would have allowed work on it to be started 10 years ago) to have a replacement ready and waiting next year? Meanwhile, we can contract with Russia for the ice breaking.
NASA did the same thing with the Space Shuttles; they KNEW when they were supposed to be retired, but kept refusing to start work on replacements, while waiting for the “perfect design” that would “all incorporated the latest technology”. Then, they “extended the service life”, while STILL not building any replacements. Now, we hire Russia to do it.
Good thing Obama & Putin are good friends; maybe we hould reelect Obama, so we can outsource more stuff to Russia, to keep up the friendship! /SARC