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Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has named a retired Coast Guard admiral to serve as its first special representative for Arctic issues.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp will oversee U.S. policy in the Arctic, a rising focus for world security and economic issues.

The U.S. next year will chair the Arctic Council, which is made up of eight nations that reach into the Arctic Circle.

The council aims to protect the thawing region as its seas open to commercial shipping traffic.

The Arctic is growing hotter faster than any part of the globe. U.S. officials estimate it holds 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil reserves, and 30 percent of undiscovered gas deposits.

Papp served in the Coast Guard for 39 years, including as commandant.

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tangier July 16 2014 at 2:49 PM

Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I hear those penguins are hard to deal with.

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bailey.willie July 16 2014 at 2:42 PM


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theanteektrunque bailey.willie July 17 2014 at 5:39 AM

Would you care to elaborate on the crazy?

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Hi RON July 16 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hmm wonder who he donated to ???? Most ALL other appointments are tied to donations......

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Bob Hi RON July 16 2014 at 1:58 PM

my sentiments exactly ... and we need this post because?

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wupton1651 Bob July 16 2014 at 3:19 PM

THERE is no reason other than it is part of the effort by Obama to use up every last cent the citizens of this country has!

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Mike Keefer Bob July 16 2014 at 10:06 PM

Read the article.

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Welcome MSGT Hi RON July 16 2014 at 7:00 PM

Thats why he got this job...he did not donate enough. Cheapoos get the sh--y jobs.

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stengernc July 16 2014 at 3:43 PM

How really stupid, the artic circle is thawing due to global warming caused in the most part by burning oil/gas now they want to over see another 13 to 30% of untapped oil/gas....what part of stupid don't humanity understand???

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circus1804 July 16 2014 at 3:45 PM

Who did he piss off?

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sports July 16 2014 at 4:45 PM

THE WHAT????Artic circle,are we having border problems there to????

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licplumb July 16 2014 at 7:00 PM

After 39 years in the service I am sure he can use the job and money. Really hotter now with a polar vortex in July. pleeezze

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jloschh July 16 2014 at 2:13 PM

yes, adm papp please sec. of state john karry calling, yes i'll hold. adm john karry, familys fine and yours, oh that's good. adm, i have very important...yes the arctic, how did you know.... CNN ...this place leaks like sieve.

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Jon July 16 2014 at 6:34 PM

Oh boy. Another obummer tzar. What a moron.

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rude July 16 2014 at 2:58 PM

Maybe he can negotiate a new pair of glasses as a signing bonus. Those scream 1985.

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buddwhyzr rude July 16 2014 at 5:22 PM


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theanteektrunque rude July 17 2014 at 5:42 AM

Best comment here.

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