Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoRussia condemns 'irresponsible' US effort to east Maduro in Venezuela CBS's Brennan presses Pompeo on if there is a Pentagon-State discrepancy on Chinese concentration camps Pompeo is not able to change climate change on art of national security threats MORE said Monday that the Arctic, a region that has been significantly impacted by climate change, presents "opportunity and abundance" when it comes to economic opportunity.
Pompeo added that "steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade," noting that the developments could "potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West as much as 20 days."
"Arctic sea lanes could become the 21st century Suez and Panama Canals," he stated.
Rather, Pompeo said that Trump was committed to providing resources in environmentally responsible ways.
Warm winds and heat wave caused by climate change reportedly caused the ice to break.
“The Arctic is changing fast. Global warming will change the environmental and economic landscapes of the region. New sea routes and easier access to natural resources will become a reality, ”Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini told AP. “But climate change will go even further. It may impact the inter-state relations and security in our region. The Arctic countries have a special responsibility – and a possibility – to preserve the Arctic as a region of peace and stability "