Defending the 'Right to Be Cold'

Well, a "right to be cold" sounds like something not a lot of people will want to sign up for, but we get the idea.

Memorable as these climate-related events have been, Canada’s prime minister hasn’t been paying attention. Stephen Harper, who has had yearly excursions to the Arctic for the past eight years, has not uttered the phrase climate change during any of those visits.

Harper’s vision of the Arctic emphasizes selling oil and gas leases in biological hotspots, expanding Canada’s military presence to assert sovereignty in places where no one is seriously challenging it, and encouraging foreign ships to transport coal and other resources through a Northwest Passage that lacks, as Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand recently noted, updated navigational aids and sufficient icebreaking capabilities.