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Trump's budget gives Greenland another try – administration's proposal would give the State Department $587,000 to build a first permanent consular services outpost

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    ThatFanficGuy
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    So... Why? I mean, yes, but... why? Makes sense, but... why?? ohhhhhh Can I guess where those rare resources would be exported at a very low price, should this shit ever go through? There was an...

    So... Why?

    due to the region’s strategic importance to military capabilities and environmental research

    I mean, yes, but... why?

    Greenland’s allure, namely its high volume of rare earth minerals, makes Congress likely to support the proposal

    Makes sense, but... why??

    Those minerals are critical to making electronics, including satellites, fighter jet engines, smartphones and electric cars. “That’s why Russia is interested in it <...>”

    ohhhhhh

    Can I guess where those rare resources would be exported at a very low price, should this shit ever go through?

    Why build a consulate on what should rightfully be American territory?

    There was an international incident in 2014 over something suspiciously similarly-worded.

    With the growing level of interest in the Arctic from around the globe, the best way to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the region is through a greater physical presence

    What sort of commitment is there to prove over a sovereign territory that is not yours?

    Speaking of...

    a consulate in the independent, ice-covered Danish territory.

    A brief on how a territory can be Danish and independent, anyone?

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    1. determinism
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Iceworm I wonder if they'll invite us back?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Iceworm

      When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, its infrastructure and waste were abandoned under the assumption they would be entombed forever by perpetual snowfall. A 2016 study found that the portion of the ice sheet covering Camp Century will start to melt by 2100, if current trends continue.[11] When the ice melts, the camp’s infrastructure, as well as remaining biological, chemical and radioactive waste, will re-enter the environment and potentially disrupt nearby ecosystems. This includes 200,000 liters of diesel, PCBs and radioactive waste.[12][13][14]

      I wonder if they'll invite us back?

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