Another Trump rumpus as his plan to expand USA fossil fuel production into the Arctic moves ahead, despite crashing oil prices and a general shift away from damaging energy sources. He has overturned six decades of protections for the largest remaining stretch of wilderness in the US though it’s likely to run into fierce legal battles from environmentalists and Alaskan Native groups over the fate of polar bears, migrating herds of caribou and birds, never mind the effect on climate change.
Leases could be sold by the year end though any oil production would be a decade away. It’s unclear how much interest there will be from energy companies at a time when many countries are trying to wean themselves from fossil fuels. Exploring and drilling in harsh Arctic conditions remains difficult and costly.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was set up on 6 December 1960, with a Sagittarius Sun Square Pluto Node in Virgo; with a tough Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn opposition Mars in Cancer.
Where it looked most at risk was three years ago as the Solar Arc Mars opposition Saturn squared the Sun – so maybe the shock of a Trump/Republican victory made the dangers clear from early on. There’s a nerve-stretched, panicky, paralysed tr Uranus opposition Neptune exactly now and repeating on and off through 2021. The recent Lunar Eclipse also shook up the Mars in Cancer opposition Saturn for a setback scenario in coming months.
There’s more cheer through this October and over the election with a sigh of relief from tr Uranus opposition Jupiter/Node midpoint and then the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint, which repeat in spring 2021. But 2021 still looks like a tricky year though that could be other factors with climate change moving ahead or natural disasters.