TV News LIES

Monday, Nov 24th

Last update01:10:43 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Wikileaks cables show race to carve up Arctic

Wikileaks cables show race to carve up Arctic

E-mail Print PDF

Race to carve up ArcticSecret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and even rubies - as the ice retreats.They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim.

The opportunity to exploit resources has come because of a dramatic fall in the amount of ice in the Arctic. The US Geological Survey estimates oil reserves off Greenland are as big as those in the North Sea.

The cables were released by the Wikileaks whistleblower website as foreign ministers from the eight Arctic Council member states - Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland - met in Nuuk, Greenland on Thursday to sign a treaty on international search-and-rescue in the Arctic and discuss the region's future challenges.

The cables claim the Danish Foreign minister Per Stig Moeller joked with the Americans saying "if you stay out, then the rest of us will have more to carve up in the Arctic".

Greenland is an autonomous Danish dependent territory with limited self-government however, the cables show that US diplomats believe Greenland "is on a clear track to independence" and see this as "a unique opportunity" for American gas and oil companies to get a foothold.

The-then US Ambassador to Denmark James P Cain said in the cables that he introduced Greenland's government to New York financiers "to help the Greenlanders secure the investments needed for such exploitation".

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Anti-Fracking Activist Sandra Steingraber: Why I am in Jail

Sandra SteingraberBreakfast in the Chemung County Jail is served at 5 a.m. This morning—Friday, November 21, 2014—it...

Fracking: The Downside of the Boom

Fracking downsideIn early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally...

U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says

Global warmingAn agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough...

Polar bear population in parts of Alaska, Canada down by 40 percent

polar bearThe population of polar bears in parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada has declined by about...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!