"The (Russian) tanker... must first get through hundreds of miles of sea ice. That is where the Healy comes in, the Coast Guard’s only functioning ice breaker."
1/9/12, "Treacherous sea ice delays fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska," LA Times
"Formidable ice up to 4 feet thick has delayed delivery of more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel to Nome, Alaska, and the Russian tanker plowing its way through the frozen sea now isn't expected to arrive until Thursday or Friday.
Crews on both the tanker Renda and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which is clearing the way, had to stop for a 12-hour rest break until Monday morning after days of
- fighting their way through the relentless ice.
In some cases, the ice has been so thick that the Healy has opened a path for the Renda, only to see it close before the Renda could use it, forcing the Healy to circle around and reopen a path.
"The ice is under enough pressure that once they break it up, it closes back up quickly," Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, said in an interview with The Times....
"It was negative 32 when I was there the other day," she said. "So cold that I stepped off of the Coast Guard aircraft and took a breath and couldn't breathe."
A severe autumn storm on the Bering Sea blocked the fuel delivery scheduled to last the remote Alaskan outpost through the winter, prompting the unprecedented attempt at a winter delivery by sea. Flying in the fuel would be possible but extremely expensive, Nome officials say.
After clearing a web of bureaucratic hurdles associated with using a Russian tanker to make a U.S. delivery, the Renda and the Healy set sail northward on their
- 340-mile journey Jan. 4 from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands....
By Monday evening, the ships were still about 100 nautical miles from Nome, prompting Tuesday's hoped-for arrival to be pushed back by two to three days....
It's not clear precisely how close the vessels will be able to move into Nome's frozen harbor once they arrive to offload the fuel. Experts are measuring the ice and will make that determination when the vessels arrive, Francis said.
"It's been challenging, but it's a good learning experience for us," she said. "We haven't done this in Alaska before.""
1/6/12, "Slow going for Russian tanker Renda and its fuel for Nome," Alaska Dispatch
"The mission to Nome is being closely watched. Many Alaskans are hoping it will succeed, proving that winter travel in Alaska’s icy seas is possible, even if only in an emergency. A few others see the mission to deliver fuel as overly risky and unnecessary. Still others view it as symbolic of the United States' need to be better prepared for Arctic defense and commerce. Whether this single journey to fill a one-time need in a remote community will create momentum
- for developing an expanded U.S. ice- breaking fleet is unknown."...(p. 2)
12/28/10, "Russian ship heads to Alaska to help iced-in city," AP
"The (Russian) tanker, however, must first get through hundreds of miles of sea ice. That is where the Healy comes in, the Coast Guard’s only functioning ice breaker. The Healy is going to break ice for the Russian tanker." (item 5 parag. from end)
"Nome normally gets fuel by barge, but a huge storm this fall prevented the last delivery before winter. Now the plan is to have the Russian tanker deliver 1.5 million gallons of petroleum products."...(8th parag. fr top)
3/19/10, "Seattle Icebreaker Recommissioned By US Coast Guard," KUOW news
"The Coast Guard says there are no plans to build any new icebreakers for the US fleet
- until at least 2020." (end of article)
Federally protected duck also a factor in getting life saving petroleum products to endangered US residents of Nome, Alaska. Fine, but if the plight of humans had been considered via billions of taxpayer dollars spent on 'climate' research an emergency expedition would not have been needed.
1/6/12, "Satellites Help Nome-bound Russian Fuel Tanker Avoid Sea Ducks," Environment News Service
"On its way to deliver more than a million gallons of emergency fuel to the town of Nome, Alaska, the Russian tanker Renda will move through an area used by wintering spectacled eiders, a federally threatened sea duck.
To protect the ducks and their habitat, resource managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and navigators from the U.S. Coast Guard are using satellite telemetry information from the U.S. Geological Survey
- to plot a route for the tanker that minimizes its impact."...
The belief in man-caused global warming is suicidal and homicidal, the above example just one of many. TIME Magazine makes money in the 'climate' racket (ad logo above). Where would its reporter Bryan Walsh be without the Goldman Sachs backed 'global warming' industry? Likely out of a job.
1/9/12, "The Year That Winter Forgot: Is It Climate Change?" TIME, Bryan Walsh
"Climate change disrupts the rhythm of the seasons, that regular passage of time and temperature we assumed was fixed. It turns out we may be wrong, and winter as we know it could one day be a season of the past. As we keep altering the climate, who can tell what else might follow it into unplanned obsolescence."...
Two climate scientists, Dr. David Viner and David Parker in UK units relied on by the UN IPCC to predict catastrophic man caused global warming said snow is a thing of the past, and no more ice skating outdoors. Billions of dollars were spent based on their obviously false predictions but no one in this scam has gone to jail:
3/20/2000, "Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past," Independent UK, Charles Onians
Where's "the science?" UK East Anglia (ClimateGate) and Hadley (part of the famed UK Met Office) global warming scientist in March 2000 said kids won't ever get to see snow in the UK again. Which is fine but this "science" was used to make US government policy and demand billions in 'reparations' from middle class taxpayers. If such 'science' hadn't been used to extract money, it might not be a crime. But that's not what happened. Photo above 11/26/10 BBC, snowing in UK, motorists in Wales.
- Above, White Christmas in Scotland, 12/25/09, photo UK Telegraph, Cheskin
- photo, 11/26/10, BBC, car overturned in snow storm being towed.
via Tom Nelson, top photo of Russian tanker Renda by US Coast Guard