"Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up," he said. "So maybe, instead of being at the end of the pipeline, we're now at the beginning of a new pipeline."
The Northeast Passage, also known as the northern sea route, is a maritime route through the Arctic Circle that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, providing a shortcut from the U.S. East Coast to Asia — and all the markets therein — that shaves 40 percent off the distance of the traditional route through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal.
The recession of polar ice has opened up the Northeast Passage, over the past several years. In 2009, a German shipping vessel became the first commercial vessel to use the route, according to The New York Times. In 2011, 18 vessels used the route, the newspaper reported.
What's sad is that it's surprising that LePage is ahead of many of his colleagues in that he is willing to admit that global warming exists but OMG, HE'S JUST THE WORST. If for nothing else, you know, once we kill off all the the fishing industry because of global warming, what will there be left to ship anyway?