Buying Greenland

Donald Trump sure thinks big:

Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

    • President says bid would be ‘essentially a real estate deal’
    • Danish semi-autonomous territory has said it is not for sale

It won’t be the first such purchase. In 1803, in the Lousiana Purchase, Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States, at the price of $18 per square mile.  It was a very large piece of territory:

Alaska was bought from Russia in 1867. And in 1917 Woodrow Wilson bought and renamed the Danish West Indies. So buying Greenland wouldn’t be anything new.

[Trump] then claimed without offering evidence that ownership of Greenland was “hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700m a year carrying it.

Trump suggested that there were “strategic” reasons why the US might want Greenland. Others have said there are lots of mineral resources in Greenland.

But one reason for wanting Greenland hasn’t been mentioned: global warming.

Global warming alarmists are forever telling people that both the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are melting. And if they’re right that’ll mean that once the ice has all melted, Greenland is going to become a much-sought-after piece of real estate. And a lot of people are likely to want to move there, because it will have become a new green land, covered in forests rather than ice.

If you think that global warming really is happening, then you ought to think about moving somewhere nearer the Earth’s poles, away from the scorching equator. And perhaps that’s part of Trump’s “strategic” vision.

And conversely, if you’re more concerned about global cooling than global warming, then you should be thinking about living somewhere nearer the equator.

And perhaps this is the right way to deal with this problem: just let people vote with their feet. It’s what they always used to do. I was only arguing a few days ago that the barbarian invasion of the Roman empire was perhaps really simply an escape by Vandals and Goths and Huns from an increasingly cold far northen climate to a warmer southern one. And maybe that’s happening again with all the migrants from South America now heading north to the USA, and Africans heading north to Europe. Perhaps it’s already getting too hot at the equator for some people.

A week or so back I acquired a new book: The Rise and Fall of the Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change. The author is more concerned about global cooling than global warming, and thinks that there’s going to be a Solar Grand Minimum around 2030, during which the Sun’s magnetic field will weaken considerably, allowing cosmic rays to strike the Earth’s atmosphere and form cloud condensation nuclei which will reflect sunlight and cool the Earth (an idea presented in Henrik Svensmark’s The Chilling Stars). It would seem that while there are lots of highly vocal global warmists these days, there’s a growing number of far less vocal global coolists too. And at the present rate, it’s possible to imagine that political debate will be dominated by warmists versus coolists in a few years time (or in a few years’ time as apostrophes make a comeback).

In fact, I think that the coolists are going to become more vocal than the warmists. And the reason for this is that the prospect of global cooling and the return to an ice age is something that’s far more terrifying than anything the warmists are worried about. For about the worst that could happen as a result of global warming is that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica slowly melt, and the whole of the Earth slowly gets a few degrees warmer. The emphasis here is on “slowly” and over centuries. But ice ages seem to start very suddenly and very quickly.

Ice Ages Start and End So Suddenly “It’s Like a Button Was Pressed,” Say Scientists

And that’s also what I’m seeing happen (right) in the simple glaciation computer simulation model that I’ve been constructing for the past 18 months. The reason for the sudden change is that when much of the surface of the Earth gets covered in snow, it reflects a lot of the Sun’s rays back out into space, and the Earth’s thin atmosphere cools by 10º C in a couple of decades. Equally, when the snow all melts, the opposite happens, and the Earth’s atmosphere warms up again just as quickly. In geological terms, that’s like a light switch turning off and on.

The sudden start of a new ice age would be a global catastrophe far worse than the gradual inundation caused by melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, even if it led to all the coastal cities in the world being deserted by their citizens. They’d just move further inland.

In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if the current emphasis on global warming might be a piece of deliberate misdirection to divert people’s attention away from the real threat. If Al Gore really believes in global warming, why hasn’t he bought property in highland Alaska rather than coastal California?

In a move that critics may cite as his own inconvenient truth, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a house in secluded Montecito, Calif., to their real estate holdings.

It’s not what they say that matters: it’s what they do.

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9 Responses to Buying Greenland

  1. Sackerson says:

    I think submarine mineral rights in the Arctic Ocean might be a factor.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_claims_in_the_Arctic#Denmark

  2. Rose says:

    Greenland

    Erik the Red – Leif Eriksson’s father.
    “In the 960s Erik the Red, a fiery Norwegian, was exiled from his home in Norway. He went to Iceland, where he married Thjodhildur. He was later banished from there for three years. Erik headed west and discovered a land with an inviting fjord landscape and fertile, green valleys. He was greatly impressed by the land’s resources, and he returned to Iceland and spoke about this land, which he called “the green land”.

    In 986 he set out from Iceland at the head of 25 ships, heading for Greenland. There were 500 men and women on board. Of the 25 ships only 14 reached their destination.
    The Vikings founded Brattahlid and the two hamlets of Vesterbygden and Østerbygden. Around the year 1000 the population was approx. 3,000, living in 300-400 farms. This small community survived for 500 years. Why they disappeared is still a great mystery.”
    http://www.greenland-guide.gl/leif2000/history.htm

    “The Little Ice Age is a period between about 1300 and 1870 during which Europe and North America were subjected to much colder winters than during the 20th century. The period can be divided in two phases, the first beginning around 1300 and continuing until the late 1400s.”
    https://www.eh-resources.org/timeline-middle-ages/

    “The cooling happened in phases, with an initial drop beginning around 1300, and a sharper and more abrupt onset of cold starting in 1570 and lasting for about a hundred and ten years.”
    https: //www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/01/how-the-little-ice-age-changed-history

    Perhaps Mr Trump thinks we are in for another Medieval warm period.

  3. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Another for the Smokers Graveyard, Frank…

    https://filtermag.org/overdose-treatment-smoking-ban/

    ‘Smoking and Vaping Bans Are a Barrier to Care.’

    • Lepercolonist says:

      I noticed that the hospital is Adventists. Seventh Day Adventists are totally antismoking.
      As bad as the Mormons. He should never have entered that rehab. Adventist rehab facilities have a total ban on the property. Not conducive for heroin addicts trying to break the habit. Their doctors should be charged in court for the poor man’s OD.

  4. Joe L. says:

    So Al and Tipper Gore, Global Warming Alarmism personified, just unnecessarily doubled their already-massively-oversized “carbon footprint.” If this doesn’t make their brainwashed acolytes question their dogma, I don’t know what will.

  5. RdM says:

    Well, strategic possessions in the Arctic area might be a factor too.
    I’d read this just a bit earlier than your post:
    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/08/18/this-land-is-my-land-this-land-is-greenland/

    Malaga Bay has lots of posts referencing Greenland…
    This is just one of them:
    https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/getting-to-grips-with-greenland/

    But hardly representative.

    You’d have to search further… one might, etc.

  6. Philip Neal says:

    Isn’t it obvious why President Trump wants Greenland? He needs access to a secure and plentiful supply of trolls.

  7. Frank Davis says:

    It’s not just Al Gore who’s been buying beachfront property. Rush Limbaugh:

    Multiple sources on Martha’s Vineyard say that the Obamas are now in escrow for the estate owned by the owner of the Boston Celtics. Barack Hussein O and Michelle (My Belle) O have been renting the House this summer, they loved it so much, they made an offer. Now, the property originally was put on the market for some obscene amount of money and it didn’t sell. I think it was over $20 million. The Obamas are buying it for $15 million, 14.8.

    It has 29 beachfront acres. The main residence is just shy of 6900 square feet. It’s about the size of my library. It has seven bedrooms so that the Obama children will have a place to crash along with several of their friends. It’s got the obligatory pool, the outdoor fireplace, vaulted ceilings, two guest wings, but it’s right on the beach. It’s right on the beach.

    The Obamas have just sunk $15 million into something that may not be there in 10 years because of climate change and rising sea levels. So why would the Obamas do that? Why would the brilliant Barack Hussein O plunk down $15 million on a property that’s gonna be ruined and destroyed inside of 10, maybe 12 years at the outside because of climate change?

    Well, let’s see. What could the answer be? Maybe because they know that this whole climate change thing is nothing but a gigantic left-wing agenda-driven hoax! Seriously, folks! Seriously! You can make jokes, we can crack about it, laugh about it, but why the hell would — Look, left-wing voters, Democrat voters believe that their standard-bearers really, really passionately believe this stuff.

    Democrat primary voters believe that all these Democrat leaders from Obama on down to Crazy Bernie, you name it, they really believe this climate change stuff. They really believe it. That’s why they’re so important. That’s why they’re so valuable. What Obama said after accepting the nomination in 2008 (doing Obama impression), “Today is the day that the saving of the planet has begun. Today the sea levels are gonna start receding.” “Yay, yay.”

    Well, the truth is Algore doesn’t really believe it. He’s done a great job of convincing people. Obama doesn’t really believe this crap. If he did, they wouldn’t be buying a $15 million home that’s gonna be overrun by the ocean in years.

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