Could Greenland Become The 51st State of the United States?
There has been talk lately about rumors that President Trump has shown interest in purchasing Greenland. This of course raises all sorts of questions. Is Greenland actually for sale? How much would this cost? Would it be one large state, or several states? There are so many things running through my head but I do believe that if possible, this might be a great idea. For starters, Trump has made a fortune in real estate. This is a major real estate purchase, and if Trump thinks it is a good idea, I trust his judgement. Consider the natural resources, land, and tourism value that the country holds. This could be a large economic booster for the United States. The main problem is that Denmark is does not want to sell Greenland. Like the saying goes though, “everything has a price.”
Why Would Trump Want To Purchase Greenland?
There are several reason he may want to purchase this country. For starters, this is not one of his spur of the moment ideas that has no meaning behind it. This is something that he is considering. He has been asking advisors and aides what they think of it. It is more than just wanting to purchase the largest island in the world. Its not like it would be named “Trump Island” or something crazy like that. It would be an asset to the United States. Gaining this asset would be a historical mark for the United States, and Trump is very much interested in creating a legacy such as this for himself.
This is not the first time that this idea has come around. Back in 1946, James Byrnes was the Secretary of State serving under President Truman. At a United Nations meeting he brought up the idea of purchasing the island with the Danish foreign minister. This never amounted to anything more than a brief discussion. Even though Denmark owns Greenland, it operates through its own goverment. I highly doubt that the people of Greenland want to lose this independece. I don’t know how it would work if the U.S. acquired them, but I would imagine some things would change as our government operates much different than Denmark or Greenland.
How Greenland Could Benefit The United States
What does the United States want with a country that is 90% covered in ice and is home to only 60,000 people. Well for starters, under all that ice is alot of natural resources. With the current global warming, much of that ice is melting, allowing more access beyond the ice than ever before. This would provide plenty of mining opportunity in the for the country. Also, Greenland has ample fishing opportunities because of all the surrounding water.
Due to the proximity to the Arctic Circle, this is also a central hub for Air Force communication and radar. There is already a United States Air Force Base located in Greenland. Acquiring the country would allow for further expansion of this. The area is also a great hub for space research hubs. Space as in outer-space and studying other planets. This could also be huge as space exploration and travel is a booming and competitive industry.
Another interesting aspect for Greenland is the tourism aspect of the country. They have some truly amazing views and environments in Greenland that you cannot find elsewhere in the world. In addition to this, I expect some interesting discoveries across the vast expanse of the country if the ice continues to melt at the rate it already is. This would draw a lot of attention to the massive island, and with the attention, the tourism would boom. This is a bold prediction, but I would not be surprised if this were to happen.