(Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Week) The Hope – Displacement

Screen Shot 2018-09-13 at 9.35.12 AM“No one expected quail eggs!”

Zero Footprint Week in the Bay Area

If the United States can displace the inefficiencies in its locally-produced work and energy, by being more efficient on a local level, we can survive internally as a democratically-governed people of every ethnic and cultural background until a broader alternative is reached.


Other nations – or at least business elements within nations, are offering something more.  Icelandic corporations and administrations in the west of the country are asking us to use their geothermal and hydropower energy onsite in the east where hot and cold thermal baths exists side-by-side (“Iceland. One half on land; one half on Sea”).  Allowing us to drive their Th => Tc is rather novel for a nation in the middle of the North Atlantic and near the Arctic.  Yet, our actions are already felt.  The east is geo-thermally cold.  ALCOA has a large factory on the coast of eastern Iceland.  While Iceland has no bauxite, it does have huge amounts of geothermal and hydro-power energy.  In the event, bauxite mining would get in the way of geothermal energy production. Renewable energy resources include hydro-power and solar energy (remembering Reykjavík has summer days lasting  ~ 20 hours at 64N).

As a whole, Iceland is warming up uniformly despite a freak snowfall in summer.  It is because of freak weather events that the outline of global warming in Iceland is becoming clearer.  It is becoming a luke-warm thermal bath – like the Arctic itself.


 

Prime Minister Katrín Jacobsdóttir is leader of the Left-Greens Party and in coalition  with the Progressives, a centre-right more agrarian-based party.  Her duties are cut out for her.  She was ask to form a government in 2017 by the President of Iceland following elections called by the the Prime Minister and his majority party – though still the most popular political party by number of delegates and votes.  He was discounted from leading the nation by the people of Iceland.

Prime Minister Katrín, Icelandic Left-Greens.  Her tasks include those that the vast majority of Icelanders believe devolve to their government: roads, transportation, parks and wilderness, medical care, tax collection, administration of the airports, utilities, and oversight of the finances.  She and her government must also define the path that Iceland is to hew-out in minimizing inefficiencies in industry and use of renewable and geo-thermal energy so that  Th => Tc does not occur as rapidly as some in Russia and the US would hope.  One thing Iceland covets: Her Republic; Her Independence. [Ed. Truth in Advertising:  I am a Green/Democrat and voted such in a past US Presidential Election.  My very good friend in Norway is a representative of Oslo Østmark Miljøpartiet De Grønne.]


 

IMG_3760A new Icelandic Coast Guard cutter, HARPA, cranes, and casters fishing in Reykjavík in late August, 2018.  The defense of the country rests with the Coast Guard, as Iceland has no standing Navy.

If you ask any random tourist who is visiting Iceland, “Why Iceland?”  They say “Nature.”  The underlying meaning is, “more useable, natural energy.”  Unlike in their own countries where restrictions apply; filled with non-working old people, Iceland is quite literally a breath of fresh air.   There are few restrictions on energy and land use in Iceland.  Icelanders are 338,000 people strong, with ~97% in the cities of the West. A unique situation in a country so close to the Arctic.

There are more people, of course, than 338,000.  Besides tourists, immigrants have arrived to work in construction and in services. English is the most spoken language in the Capital.  In the past two years, Polish immigrants have arrived trying to eek out an existence, and build families as Polish immigrants did in Ireland during the “Celtic Tigre” phase.  Many Polish feel there options are limited in Iceland, however.


 

IMG_4103For Independence Day, June 17, 1944 the new Republic of Iceland sent out new Republican flags to every home in Iceland – like this one pictured above in a Norðurdalur farmhouse – to be raised and flown simultaneously.  It had a darker blue field and no centered Crest of Royalty.  Nazi occupation of Denmark meant that the revision of the so-called “Act of Union” with Denmark making Iceland a Sovereign Kingdom could not take place in 1943, as set forth.  But the referendum on abolishing the monarchy in Iceland and The Kingdom of Iceland that went with it, went ahead in 1944 and was overwhelmingly approved.  At the time, Iceland invited the USA to take over it defense after being under the military occupation of Britain since 1940. [YaY for democracy!]


 

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