US is determined to extract as much cash as possible from the Arctic, and the planned peaceful development of the area by Russia is a complication.
The best partnerships occur when all participants have special talents to bring to the relationship which makes a whole more powerful than the sum of its parts.
Many of us imagined that with the ignominious exit of National Security Adviser John Bolton there might be reason to relax, but Pompeo has always been a sabre-rattler, and recently turned his menacingly mercenary gaze on the Arctic.
The Trump administration is pushing the drilling at a time when climate change is permanently altering the Arctic and devastating local communities. The plan calls for the creation of landing strips, drill pads, pipeline supports, a seawater treatment plant, 175 miles of roads, and other infrastructure in Alaska’s north coast.