Gallery: Denmark Announces Plans to Develop the Arctic for Oil and Gas ...


The tiny country of Denmark is making a rather bold push to open the Arctic region to commercial industry — mainly for the drilling of oil, gas and rare earth minerals. The Danish foreign ministry announced that as the ice around the Arctic melts (read: as climate change progresses) the region will become increasingly accessible to industry. On Monday Denmark announced its 10-year “Arctic Strategy”, which focuses on opening up shipping lanes and drilling areas that are being exposed as the climate changes. Historically, countries around the world have pushed to keep the Arctic undeveloped as a sort of nature preserve. But if we understand this correctly, Denmark — the world’s pioneer in wind power generation — wants to take advantage of climate change by opening up the Arctic to oil, gas and mineral drilling, the very industries that caused the Arctic to start melting in the first place.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman August 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I guess this is where I have to admit my support for the enviro-hippies. We plenty of other regions to plunder for its natural resources. Let us leave the arctic alone for the time being.

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