US Bill Introduced to Establish Arctic Ambassador

Posted by Eric Haun
Friday, May 02, 2014
USCG photo

Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) introduced a bill to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs. Currently, 20 government agencies are handling Arctic policy.  Under this legislation, an Ambassador would be charged with all coordination and serve as Chair of the Arctic Council when the U.S. assumes Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017.

Congressman Sensenbrenner said, “We need someone with ambassadorial rank to show that the U.S. is serious about being an Arctic nation. As Russia continues to act aggressively, including making claims in the Arctic, and as China states its own interest, the U.S. must coordinate its Arctic policy and protect its domestic energy supply at the highest level.”

Congressman Larsen added, “The Arctic is fast becoming the 21st century version of the Northwest Passage. An ambassador-level position takes an important step to coordinate U.S. commercial, environmental and security interests in the region. The position also signals our country’s commitment to international cooperation on Arctic policy.”

house.gov
 

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA),

Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation

Polarcus Divests from Select Projects in Europe, Africa

Polarcus Limited announced it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS) for the sale of its multi-client projects in Northwest

Energy

Canada Slaps Sanctions on Russia Energy Firms

Canada slaps sanctions on Gazprom, other Russia energy firms   Canada is imposing economic sanctions against Russian energy firms such as natural gas producer

FUGRO, Cross Group Awarded Multi Well GoM Contract

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will showcase her capabilities on a multi well

Baltic Exchange Eyes Move into Commodities

Baltex reaches breakeven level since start of 2015; Baltic previously faced broker opposition over platform. London's Baltic Exchange is studying a potential

News

HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program.

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment

SUNY Maritime College Names ABS Chairs

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has selected Dr. Richard Burke and Dr. Christopher Clott as its inaugural ABS chairs following a comprehensive

People in the News

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment

Chinese Prime Minister to Visit CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group is will host the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in its Marseilles headquarters on July 1.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is scheduled

Baltic Exchange Eyes Move into Commodities

Baltex reaches breakeven level since start of 2015; Baltic previously faced broker opposition over platform. London's Baltic Exchange is studying a potential

Government Update

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment

Canada Slaps Sanctions on Russia Energy Firms

Canada slaps sanctions on Gazprom, other Russia energy firms   Canada is imposing economic sanctions against Russian energy firms such as natural gas producer

Chinese Prime Minister to Visit CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group is will host the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in its Marseilles headquarters on July 1.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is scheduled

Arctic Operations

Baker Hughes helping IOG develop North Sea resource base

Independent Oil and Gas PLC (IOG) is extending its seismic remapping agreement with Baker Hughes’ Reservoir Development Services (RDS) group to better understand

Shell's Arctic Drilling a Threat for Pacific Walrus

A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the

Imperial Oil/Exxon/BP Gr defer drilling in Canada's Arctic

Imperial Oil Ltd said on Friday it and partners Exxon Mobil Corp  and BP Plc need more time before they can drill an exploratory well in Canadian Arctic waters

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3169 sec (3 req/sec)