Melting ice caps a “boon” for oil companies!!!

According to a news report by the ABC, while the possibility of Arctic Ice Cap disappearing “is bad news for environmentalists, the phenomenon could be a boon for oil companies who hope to be able to gain access to oil and gas deposits that are inaccessible under the ice, and to shipping companies which could see shorter shipping routes with access to the Arctic waters.”

Amazing!!! Surely the melting ice caps are bad news for everyone? Trying to put this type of spin on potential global catastrophe is irresponsible and very poor reporting.

The story is actually about an artist, John Quigley, who has reproduced da Vinci’s famous sketch “Vitruvian Man” melting from the sea ice into the Arctic Ocean which has been constructed just 800 kilometres from the North Pole, as a call for urgent action on climate change.

According to John

“We came here to create the ‘Melting Vitruvian Man’, after da Vinci’s famous sketch of the human body, because climate change is literally eating into the body of our civilisation. When he did this sketch it was the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, the dawn of this innovative age that continues to this day, but our use of fossil fuels is threatening that.”

According to Greenpeace who commissioned the art work

The announcement of this year’s sea ice minimum, expected later this month, could mark one of the lowest on record. Scientists say the sea ice could be gone altogether in the summer time within two decades, which would have grave implications for human beings and bio-diversity; the Arctic’s floating sea ice acts as the world’s air conditioner, helping to keep the global climate stable by reflecting 80% of sunlight back out into space.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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2 Responses to Melting ice caps a “boon” for oil companies!!!

  1. Graeme says:

    An interesting comparison!


  2. Jahangir says:

    I think it is similar to when your relative is about to die and you wait for him to die so that you can do autopsy on him and see what is inside the body. I mean you have no soft corner for your relative but you are just interested in his body.

    Similarly they are showing no interest to the earth but just focusing on getting more money by finding more oil and new sea routes.


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