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World powers increasingly see icy Arctic as a hot property

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By DAVID RISING and SETH BORENSTEIN

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Maybe we should move away from fossil fuel, no?

Only if windmills wouldn’t cause cancer and solar panel was’t depleting the sun’s energy...

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One scientist called it the "end of the planet."

And if the global robber barons, oligarchs and other assorted predatory capitalists controlling the fossil economy continue unchecked, and in a world dominated by Trump's US, Putin's Russia and Xi's China that's pretty much assured, we may not see the 'end of the planet', but most likely will see a planet where all forms of life are put at even greater levels of risk. Even the robber barons.

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The idea that money can be made from the continuation of global warming will be the death of us. And censors suck.

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It's sad, isn't it? Various countries are more concerned with making money off of a global catastrophe than repairing or helping to alleviate the problem.

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If human beings don't develop gills (or a spout for breathing from the tops of their heads, like whales), their existence on our dying planet will just be a footnote on the earth's history.

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By international treaty the Antarctic continent is free to all and is for scientific research only. The Arctic areas should be treated the same way, with the exception that Greenland is a Danish territory.

Leave the Arctic alone!

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But it might also be an Aladdin's Cave of oil, natural gas and rare earth minerals just waiting to be tapped as the ice recedes.

So perhaps Trump isn't all that dumb after all. It all boils down to which country can tap into and exploiting natural resources. All these natural resources are essential for technology. Whoever controls the natural resource mining can control the applied technology. I prefer the U.S. rather than China and Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin put forward an ambitious program to reaffirm his country's presence in the Arctic, including efforts to build ports and other infrastructure and expand its icebreaker fleet. Russia wants to stake its claim in the region that is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth's undiscovered oil and gas.

China sees Greenland as a possible source of rare earths and other minerals and a port for shipping through the Arctic to the eastern U.S.

And it's okay for Russia and China to stake a claim in the region, but not the U.S.? When they make a claim, you know they will build military bases too.

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So perhaps Trump isn't all that dumb after all

He is still.

What make his comment dumb what not the idea of Greenland being worth of interest but the idea of buying it. There is people living there. Selling and buying people is kind of outdated. But perhaps, he didn't know or just thought he can kick them out of the territory or that they will disappear into fine air or they will not notice changing nationality or .... or just he didn't even think.

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There is people living there. Selling and buying people is kind of outdated. But perhaps, he didn't know or just thought he can kick them out of the territory or that they will disappear into fine air or they will not notice changing nationality or .... or just he didn't even think.

Maybe Trump wants to establish more concentration camps there. He is a criminal.

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