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Sec. Clinton's Remarks at the Joint Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council

4/6/2009 The genius of the Antarctic Treaty lies in its relevance today. It was written to meet the challenges of an earlier time, but it and its related instruments remain a key tool in our efforts to address an urgent threat of this time, climate change... More

"Dear Antarctic Program Researcher" Letter Describes Projected Effects of Fuel Increases, Other Costs on Antarctic Research Budget

8/19/2008 This letter, in .pdf format, describes the projected effects on support for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Antarctic research seasons. The measures were discussed at the Aug. 12, 2008 National Science Board meeting. More

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Calls for New Icebreaker Vessels as White House Formulates Arctic Policy

8/19/2008 In testimony before both houses of Congress, Mead Treadwell, U.S. ARC chair, encouraged the United States to prepare for significantly greater shipping in the Arctic Ocean, which is rapidly becoming more accessible. More

Speech to Arctic Parliamentarians on Aspects of U.S. Arctic Policy by Margaret F. Hayes, director of the State Department's Office of Oceans Affairs

8/13/2008 "The Arctic is strategically important to the United States. The state of Alaska is a valued part of our national heritage..." A review of federal Arctic Policy. More

Tesimony by Arden L. Bement, Jr., director of the National Science Foundation, before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

7/23/2008 Remarks on the science agency's perspective on the nation's needs for icebreaking capability. More

Speech by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the Center for Strategic and International Studies Arctic Forum: The U.S. as an Arctic Nation

7/23/2008 "While I am fairly confident that each of you were already aware of this, the challenge is getting the general public to understand not only that the United States has land in the Arctic, but this area is critically important for many reasons." More

House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation's Hearing on U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaking

7/17/2008 The hearing focused on defining domestic and polar icebreaking missions; determining what resources are needed to accomplish the missions; and determining how to best provide those resources. Video of the hearing is posted. More

Rep. Steve LaTourette's Statement from Hearing on the Coast Guard’s Icebreaking Mission

7/16/2008 The opening statement of U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Ranking Member, from July 16, 2008 hearing on the Coast Guard’s icebreaking program. More

Testimony by Mead Treadwell before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: "Is America Prepared For An Accessible Arctic?"

7/16/2008 The remarks of the chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission as given in July of 2008. More
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