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:
[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.