Since Palin's A.G. pick Daniel Sullivan has played a role in the Bush Administration's push to ratify the treaty, questions should be asked of him on his stance with regard to the specific issue involved with the treaty.
Having a safe, secure and reliable Arctic shipping regime is vital to the proper development of Arctic resources, especially now given the extent of Arctic ice retreat we witnessed this past summer,” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel S. Sullivan said Monday at an international conference in Anchorage. “We can have such a regime only through cooperation, not competition, among Arctic nations. Denial of passage through international waterways, even though they may be territorial waters, and burdensome transit requirements will not benefit any nation in the long run.
With the formation of the BRIC Group, a group that will control the flow of currency in geographical locations, one should move along with caution because there will be no cooperation with Arctic nations like Russia and as pointed out on this website, Russia is taking hold with its political presence in the Baltics which is considered to be an important economic tie with Sweden which has important economic ties with Norway.
And when you consider the Arctic countries are placing great importance on the Polar Bear issue, the Law of the Sea treaty could have a negative impact on oil and natural gas development offshore. And certainly, Russia will dominate this issue and the issue will not be about cooperation, but instead, it will put us further back in our quest to develop our natural resources.