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Actually ISTM they could keep the “passage” open year-round by running enough ships through there to keep it from re-freezing, ever. Not that I wanna give them ideas or anything, but surely it’s already been thought of. Screw the polar bears, screw the environment, screw Canada.
This is separate from “who owns the Arctic Ocean.” [“Who owns an ocean?” That’s greed!] Every map since the French and Indian War has depicted the Far North of North America as belonging to Britain, or now Canada. The inhabitants of the islands north of the Canadian mainland regard themselves as Canadian citizens, and always have. But Washington says it doesn’t recognize Canadian sovereignty even there… without saying who they think does have it… surely not the U.S.?!?!?! But the Bushies will provoke a war even with our best friends, Canada!