Experts say U.S. faces potential crisis in the Arctic

08/18/2008 | NYTimes.com

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen says the U.S. has reached a crisis point in the Arctic, where retreating ice is opening a path for conflicts over commerce. Military leaders and other experts say the U.S.'s ability to patrol and safeguard the country's Arctic waters is weakening.

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