Rapid change in the Arctic due to melting sea ice brings new opportunities and challenges. To address the complex Arctic agenda, an influential mix of international, U.S. and local leaders will convene at the second Arctic Imperative Summit, August 24–27, 2012, in Anchorage and Girdwood, Alaska.Short term opportunities, i.e. greed, usually run contrary to long term impact. Take BP's Oil Spew in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Sharpening the world's focus on the short-term opportunities and long-term challenges of Arctic development, the Summit features a multidisciplinary group of experts. By engaging with decision-makers from all sectors, Arctic leaders will be in a stronger position to influence responsible development decisions on their shores.
Arctic Sea ice has receded, making room for oil drilling and shipping.
Alaska is the new oil rush.
"The rapid changing of the Arctic environment demands responsible and sustainable development," says Alice Rogoff, founder of the Arctic Imperative Summit. "Solutions to the complex needs of this region will only be reached if all stakeholders, including its residents, are at the table."Alice Rogoff is also know as Mrs. David Rubenstein. Her husband founded The Carlyle Group, a politically connected private equity underwriter (PEU). Rubenstein made his first fortune on the backs of Alaskan natives by selling Tribal tax losses to corporations.
The purveyor of the "Great Eskimo Tax Scam" is going to Girdwood? Symbolic, at the least.
Update 8-27-12: A Coast Guard Commandant backed the Alaskan drilling imperative. An Alaska Dispatch reporter seemed clueless on his state's skimming capabilities, which far outweighed BP's in the Gulf of Mexico. Although there's a huge difference between paper plans and actual capability.