An Associated Press article today said that permanent Arctic sea ice is disappearing at an alarming rate. Multi-year sea ice used to cover 90% of the Arctic basin, but because of global warming it now covers only 19%. During a recent talk at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana, I said to just slowly and incrementally cut back our fossil fuel use in the face of this mounting crisis is like “…rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” The U.S., which currently leads the world in the emission of greenhouse gases, needs to move from being a “Society of Consumers to a Society of Conservers,” quick. And there needs to be political leadership with the guts to tell Americans that we need to ration energy use, like things were rationed during World War II. And when you think about it from a common sense standpoint, it is war time again now. That is, there is a war on the environment. Note: The article also included the following paragraph: “The lack of sea ice may be good news to some who want to see the North opened to industry. Without thick ice blocking the way, shpis can more easily gain access to the Arctic’s natural resources.” This begs the question: Have we become that nuts that any of us would see this as “good news.”?