Sen. Angus King pursues funding to add icebreakers in Arctic

Sen. Angus King of Maine is pushing to add money to the Coast Guard budget for the construction of icebreakers, saying the state’s economy would benefit if the United States had more of the ships to maintain Arctic shipping lanes.

King said icebreakers are needed to maintain shipping routes in the Northwest Passage as warming global temperatures make shipping there more feasible. Maine’s ports stand to gain because they are the closest U.S. ports to the eastern end of the passage, he said.

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