Russia, China, Oil, Uranium, Trade Industrialization and Here are the 5 probable reasons why acquiring Greenland is a part of President Trump’s strategy to Make America Great again.
The President of the United States Donald Trump is a serial businessman with a special affection and eye for real estate. Observing potential money -spinning locations.
He once expressed an interest in North Korea’s “great beaches” opining that the were a perfect location for Condominiums.
The US President has set his sights on a long-standing American interest in the world’s biggest island Greenland.
Now the US President has set his sights on a long-standing American interest in the world’s biggest island Greenland. As per a report in The Wall Street Journal, President Trump wants the US to acquire the island which is currently under Denmark’s jurisdiction.
Because Greenland is a mostly ice-covered landmass located northeast of Canada. A self-governing region of Denmark, the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometre) island houses nearly 57,000 people, majority of them belonging to the indigenous Inuit community.
A Background of US interest in Greenland
The United States developed a geopolitical interest in the island of Greenland right after World War II and offered to buy the island from Denmark for $100,000,000 in 1946 but to no avail.
As per Wikileaks, the United States remains ‘highly interested in investing in the resource base of Greenland and in tapping hydrocarbons off the Greenlandic coast’ in the 21st century.
Is it because of Trump’s Desire?
Because Trump’s recent desire is endorsed by some of his advisors and US had also tried to procure Greenland way back in 1867. Furthermore As per Wikileaks, the United States remains ‘highly interested in investing in the resource base of Greenland and in tapping hydrocarbons off the Greenlandic coast’.
The US already has military presence on the island where its norther-most military settlement, the Thule Base, is located. So there is definite interest, but the reason behind it is speculative, ranging from potential for research to greater military clout at the island covered almost 85 percent by a 3 km thick ice sheet that contains 10 percent of the world’s fresh water.
The climate change and its significance
As a result of climate change, the island has been significantly affected and lost 12 billion tonnes of ice in July 2019 alone.Furthermore IA melting Greenland becomes a global threat with the ability to submerge the world’s coastal areas one day.
President Trump has on multiple occasions brought up buying Greenland from the Danish government, and the White House counsel’s office has looked into the possibility, sources say https://t.co/YZ5P6B8bUO pic.twitter.com/20fxA7ua5c— CNN (@CNN) August 16, 2019
However President Trump isn’t alarmed or interested in the island to tackle climate change. Rather it is the exact effect that’s resulted in a surge of interest. Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017. He will visit Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark in September 2019.
There is certainty that the US has held geo-political interest in the island for a long time. But what’s driven the current attention from the POTUS is still speculative.
What is on the President’s mind?
#1 Oil, Gas, Uranium and more
Because The US has undertaken numerous exploration missions in Alaska after the turn of the century, discovering multitude of fossil fuel reserves. Similar to Alaska, US may see Greenland as a potential treasure to expand its natural resources because Greenland’s natural resources include Uranium, Oil, Coal, Natural Gas, and abundance of hydroelectricity.
#2 Geo-Political Significance
Greenland occupies a significant geopolitical landmass which is of immense strategic importance in the Arctic circle’s North Atlantic region. With the rapid melting of ice cap, a new sea route has opened up near the North pole and Russia has been actively expanding influence in the region. For instance China has investments in the region including the funding of an airport. This automatically qualifies as a reason for US to take interest.
#3 Military Enhancement
The US already has military presence in the island with its Thule air base. Built in 1943, the base operates a Ballistic Missile early warning system designed to detect and track Intercontinental Missiles.
The US department of defence says such a move will enhance its military operational ability and situational awareness.
#4 New Market and Un-exploited Land
In other words, Greenland acquisition will give US access to a new landmass up for industrialization and economic push for American companies.
More so It also has immense potential as a tourism destination. With permafrost receding in Greenland will bring more land up for cultivation and also open up scope for afforestation to create vast woodlands to generate timber for mainland usage.
#5 Countering Russia’s polar claims
Above all, Russia’s growing prominence in the North pole region and the polar town of Svalbard is a cause of concern for the US. Russia already has established diplomacy in the polar region with an embassy in Svalbard.
In conclusion, if Russia indulges in coal mining, tourism and research in the region based on access granted by the Svalbard Act and makes it a free economic zone to a demilitarized zone.
Most importantly acquiring Greenland will give the US an automatic say on the geo-political developments in the polar region.