The Shifting Polar Paradox: As the Arctic Meltdown Continues, Will the Arctic Oil Rush Continue?

If I had to come up with one word to describe the gestalt of my first winter visit to Tromsø, Norway, it would be “paradox.”

I’m now here for my third winter trip, to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference, where the theme is “climate and energy.” I suspect the same word will apply — but this time for a different reason. Many things have changed since my first visit in 2013, including the price of oil, the recognition of how difficult it is to develop resources in the Arctic, and, possibl

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