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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Five reasons why purchasing Greenland would actually be a really good idea

Donald J Trump's recent suggestion that the US purchase Greenland makes more sense than you might think.

 

August 25, 2019

Thule Air Force Base in Northern Greenland. Greenland has known reserves of Rubies, petroleum, and who knows what beneath the Greenland ice cap.

President Trump is a real estate guy. He recently tweeted that the US should consider buying Greenland and this was met with derision, as so many suggestions this president makes are. But upon closer examination, the idea makes more sense than you might think.

1. The United States almost purchased Greenland in 1917 when it purchased the formerly danish now US Virgin Islands for $100 million, Denmark offered to sell the worlds largest island to the United States for just $100 million more. The offer was considered and declined.

2. Denmark has grown weary of paying for $5 billion a year in subsidies to Greenland. Greenland is an "autonomous country within the Danish realm", the other two constituent countries being Denmark and the Faroe Islands. This works out to $100,000 per Greenland resident per year. For one third that much money, they could all rent apartments in Santa Monica, San Diego, or Santa Barbara and not have to face freezing cold or polar bears.

Denmark is a small, affluent, European country. But it has not made sense for them to pay this money for years. It would only cost about $15 billion to build a city of 50,000 in Denmark for Greenland's residence. In fact 10,000 inuit reside in the mother country.

3. Greenland has known reserves of rubies, petroleum, and who knows what beneath the Greenland ice cap. The countries residents live mostly in six large towns which are by all accounts clean, modern, and attractive to tourists.

With global warming, southern Greenland and now has a few trees, no permafrost, and farmland as good as any in Newfoundland Canada. Warmer weather will mean even more economic opportunities as the ice melts.

4. Greenland is already a strategic importance to the United States. Since the cold war began in 1940, the United States Air Force has maintained a large Air Force Base in the far north of Greenland. Thule Air Force Base currently has 2000 airmen, up from a low of 1000 men during the Obama administration.

With Putin threatening the US with new weapon systems, Thule Air Force Base and Greenland generally have greater strategic importance.

5. If the US doesn't make a move on Greenland, China will. The peoples Republic has seriously suggested moving 500,000 Chinese to Greenland, far from the handful of settlements were Greenland's current residence live. They would be there to mine, strip mine, drill for oil, and make everyone currently in Greenland rich. Then they can buy condos in any city they want.

In national elections, Greenland's residents have repeatedly voted to remain in the Danish Ream, with greater local autonomy.

Thule Air Force Base in Northern Greenland.

If they spoke to the 3.2 million residents of US territory Puerto Rico, they might prefer status within the United States as a territory. The United States has even more money to pay them. They would all get US passports and be able to travel freely or move to the United States. If they thought about it, they would vote for it. And that's what we are suggesting here, that the 56,000 Greenlanders be given a choice.

#Greenland🇬🇱 is 2nd after China for Rare Earth Metals, with potential for nickel, zinc, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, iron & diamonds... and could yield 50 billion barrels of oil

Harry Truman in 1946 proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland - even flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for parts of Greenland documents in the National Archives show👇🏽

 

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