The other night I was reading an article in this magazine about the dramatic warming going on in the Arctic. In fact, at this rate, scientists posit that by the year 2036, there will be no summer sea ice up there anymore. There’s a “canary in the coal mine” for planet extinction. Yet, instead of pouring all our energy (in a reverse sort of way) into curbing greenhouse gas emissions, countries are jockeying for position to mine minerals, oil and fish up there, as the thawing opens up these possibilities. What’s more, troop presence (American, Canadian, Russian…) is increasing up there as well, as a new ‘Cold War’ — in a not so cold place anymore — is taking shape. Our administration, on the other hand, would stand down from all this, while putting a tremendous amount of focus on cutting back energy demand, going to alternative energy, and so on. Just for one: To extract fossil fuels from up there, burn more, and speed up the planet’s extinction at the expense of future generations, is absolutely nuts — both common sense wise and spiritually.