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Greenland to become 51st state of the United States
Pravda RU ^ | June 22, 2009 | Mikhail Vovk

Posted on 06/22/2009 10:34:44 AM PDT by oldmomster

Greenland, the world’s biggest island, made an important step towards its independence on June 21. The island, which is presumably populated by the Eskimos, has been a part of Denmark for over 300 years. The Parliament of Denmark passed the law to expand Greenland’s autonomy at the end of May.

The law asserted the results of the referendum which took place in Greenland last year. About 75 percent of the island’s 63,000-strong population supported the idea to expand the self-administration on the island with 23 percent voting against it.

The new status, which the island will obtain, will give the Greenlanders a right to manage the natural resources of the island. The local authorities will also be able to solve the issues of the judicial and the law-enforcement systems and to partially control Greenland’s foreign politics. The authorities were previously in charge of the island’s healthcare, school education and the social servicing of the population. The majority of Greenlanders are presumably employed in the fish-processing industry.

However, it is too early to speak about Greenland’s independence. Oil is the corner stone of the issue: there are billions of barrels of oil near the island’s coast. Permafrost used to be the major obstacle for the development of the oil industry in Greenland. However, ice continues to melt in the region because of the global warming phenomenon, which opens new horizons for world’s oil giants.

The agreement about the expanded autonomy says that the first 14 million dollars of oil sales revenues will be transferred to the budget of the island. All other revenues will have to be shared 50-50 with Denmark. In addition, Denmark will continue investing in the local economy - $600 million a year (which makes 30 percent of Greenland’s GDP) – until Greenland is able to extract oil in the sum of $1.5 billion.

Many in Denmark believe that the Greenlanders are not ready for their independence. It’s not for the high level of social problems, alcoholism and suicide rate. The majority of Greenland’s qualified specialists come from Denmark. The gap between them and the culture of hunters and fishers is too large.

There is another relevant reason which puts Greenland’s independence into question. The island may quickly become the 51st state of the United State if it acquires sovereignty. The White House has been showing interest in the island since the 20s of the 19th century.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eskimos; greenland; oil; pravda; sniff; warming
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1 posted on 06/22/2009 10:34:45 AM PDT by oldmomster
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To: oldmomster

Good thing this didn’t happen on W’s watch; otherwise we’d have declared war on them. /libtard


2 posted on 06/22/2009 10:36:51 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: oldmomster

Cool. We’ll take it. Can we give Vermont and Massachusetts back to England?


3 posted on 06/22/2009 10:36:54 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: oldmomster

Pravda?
They haven’t gotten any predictions right yet.. I figure, if they predict it, bet on the opposite happening.


4 posted on 06/22/2009 10:37:11 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: oldmomster

wow—will a new Hilton hotel be built? Can u imagine a thriving tourist industry?


5 posted on 06/22/2009 10:38:03 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: oldmomster

I see Alberta becoming the 51st state before Greenland.


6 posted on 06/22/2009 10:38:17 AM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: oldmomster

Social problems, alcohol and suicide...yep, they’re ready to become part of the USA.

Sound like future blue state voters.


7 posted on 06/22/2009 10:38:51 AM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: oldmomster

Social problems, alcohol and suicide...yep, they’re ready to become part of the USA.

Sound like future blue state voters.


8 posted on 06/22/2009 10:39:01 AM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

What’s going to become the 57th state?


9 posted on 06/22/2009 10:39:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: oldmomster
They would be stupid to become a state of America. The first thing that would happen is no more drilling for oil or anything else of natural resources. The best thing for them to do is stay independent and sell oil to us at absorbent prices.
10 posted on 06/22/2009 10:42:52 AM PDT by fish hawk (The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: a fool in paradise

58th...Don’t forget, Dopey-Changey has all that Ivy League edumacation...and very eloquent, according to the press, who ignore his obsession with telepromptors...


11 posted on 06/22/2009 10:43:44 AM PDT by wac3rd (80 Carter/Obama 08)
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To: oldmomster
There is another relevant reason which puts Greenland’s independence into question. The island may quickly become the 51st state of the United State if it acquires sovereignty. The White House has been showing interest in the island since the 20s of the 19th century.

Pravda is interesting reading. It's as out of touch with reality as the NY Times, but a lot funnier.
12 posted on 06/22/2009 10:43:45 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: a fool in paradise
"What’s going to become the 57th state?": America Somoa
13 posted on 06/22/2009 10:44:25 AM PDT by Kitanis
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To: a fool in paradise

DeNile..........


14 posted on 06/22/2009 10:45:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: oldmomster
We did offer to buy Greenland from Denmark on the late 40's. Of course, we wanted to use it as missle base peace sanctuary.
15 posted on 06/22/2009 10:46:33 AM PDT by Taking Congress back in 2010
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To: oldmomster

With global warming we can count on it giving Florida some competition.


16 posted on 06/22/2009 10:46:47 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: oldmomster

Six more and Obama is right.


17 posted on 06/22/2009 10:46:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: oldmomster
About 75 percent of the island’s 63,000-strong population supported the idea to expand the self-administration on the island,,,

Another state asserting States Rights.

0bama's socialist government would fight that.

18 posted on 06/22/2009 10:46:58 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Welcome to FR


19 posted on 06/22/2009 10:47:59 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
It'll just become a county of Alaska. Governor Palin is sending a troop of Anchorage Boy Scouts to annex it as we speak.


20 posted on 06/22/2009 10:49:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("If Dick Cheney is Darth Vader, then Barack Obama is Jar-Jar Binks!")
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To: mnehring

Oh no, Pravda has an unimpeachable source: a Russian scientist who found this out by interviewing the marooned captain of the UFO that exploded over Tunguska in 1908. You see, he was here to try to make contact with the “Trogs,” a mysterious race of technologically advanced amphibians that live deep in the earth’s crust, and who are led by the clone of Elvis Presley.

Oh so I read in Pravda...


21 posted on 06/22/2009 10:50:17 AM PDT by henkster (Bumper Sticker: Please don't tell 0bama what comes after a Trillion!)
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To: TYVets

bttt


22 posted on 06/22/2009 10:51:39 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: oldmomster

This article probably says far more about the mindset of Pravda (and by extension, Russia) than it does about the mindset of Greenland.


23 posted on 06/22/2009 10:51:50 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: fish hawk
absorbent prices.

With all due respect, and I don't mean to insult you, but I believe you mean "exorbitant prices."

24 posted on 06/22/2009 10:54:23 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: oldmomster

Yeah, just what we need... a new state full of Scandinavian socialists voting in our elections.
And another state whose natural resources are off limits to exploration by federal restrictions.
Funny thing is, we acquired Alaska specifically for the oil and natural gas.
And yet Congress has made most of it off limits.

No thanks, Greenland.


25 posted on 06/22/2009 10:54:24 AM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: oldmomster
There is another relevant reason which puts Greenland’s independence into question. The island may quickly become the 51st state of the United State if it acquires sovereignty. The White House has been showing interest in the island since the 20s of the 19th century.

Total bullcrap. American "interest" was based on Greenland's strategic position near the convoy route to Britain in WWII and later the Soviet route out of it's northern ports and into the Atlantic.

The only base left is Thule, which monitors any possible Russian air activity.

No chance Greenland would have any interest in becoming a State and we shouldn't have any interest in such a money pit.

26 posted on 06/22/2009 10:54:29 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

We should add Newfoundland and Labrador. They have oil and also contol the Churchill hydropower project(which Quebec steals from them).


27 posted on 06/22/2009 10:55:30 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: oldmomster

Fine with me. I want to see Texas leave anyway so this way the people who need round numbers for everything won’t mind us leaving.


28 posted on 06/22/2009 10:55:37 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: oldmomster
Um Yaaaaaa makes a lot of sense to become Independent because of all the natural resources to tap. Um yaa, then become a state so that Washington can impose its tyranny on you and seal up all the land and prevent any drilling..

Um yaaa, I gonna have to disagree with you on that one...

29 posted on 06/22/2009 10:55:51 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (Proud Member of the DHS radical list since 2008)
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To: oldmomster

I would predict that all of the present U.S. territories plus Cuba officially become new states of the U.S. before Greenland ever does becomes a state, that’s if Greenland ever does eventually become a state (I doubt that Greenland will ever become a state.).


30 posted on 06/22/2009 10:57:07 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: oldmomster
However, ice continues to melt in the region because of the global warming phenomenon, which opens new horizons for world’s oil giants.

There is no global warming, only global cooling since 1998. Volcanic activity under the glaciers is what is causing the melting.

31 posted on 06/22/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT by Mogollon (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: proud American in Canada

Those prices just sucked up all the cash...


32 posted on 06/22/2009 10:58:53 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: proud American in Canada
You are so right. My bad. Thanks for the heads up. My only excuse is being educated on the Indian Reservation. Now my red face is really red. LOL
33 posted on 06/22/2009 10:59:51 AM PDT by fish hawk (The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: oldmomster

With a population of only 63,000, there is no way Greenland could qualify for statehood.

But, always remember, there is no truth in Pravda and there is no news in Izvestia.


34 posted on 06/22/2009 11:03:52 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Oldexpat

any oil in greenland? gold? uranium?


35 posted on 06/22/2009 11:06:33 AM PDT by rahbert ("When Democrats are in charge, stupid things happen"..)
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To: oldmomster
It will never happen under Obama’s watch. There are too many white people in Iceland. I suspect that Zimbabwe will be the next state.
36 posted on 06/22/2009 11:07:06 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Nosterrex

You do know that Iceland and Greenland are different countries, right?


37 posted on 06/22/2009 11:14:40 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: oldmomster

When did it become the world’s largest island?

Not sure if this is Pravda’s equivalenbt of an onion column or what.


38 posted on 06/22/2009 11:15:32 AM PDT by Cobra Scott
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To: fish hawk
Seriously, I'm not bustin' your chops. Just had to share that I got a chuckle out of "sell oil to us at absorbent prices."

Exorbitant is the word for high prices. Kitty litter, or sawdust, etc. are absorbents.

39 posted on 06/22/2009 11:17:02 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Good thing this didn’t happen on W’s watch; otherwise we’d have declared war on them. /libtard

That's why we decided in Texas not to secede from the Union. We knew the minute we did you crazy ass Americans would invade us for our oil.

40 posted on 06/22/2009 11:17:27 AM PDT by txroadkill (Vote Democrat - it's easier than working!)
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To: oldmomster

Good! Then we can get in there and stop all that damn ice melting! ;^)


41 posted on 06/22/2009 11:18:03 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: oldmomster

As soon as they get their independence I’m going to trade them some shiny trinkets for Greenland and then rename it “FreeperLand”. I will let you know when you can apply for immigration status. But don’t think about sneaking in, the border will be patroled by predator drones that even I cannot recall ...


42 posted on 06/22/2009 11:18:45 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: fish hawk
-- My only excuse is being educated on the Indian Reservation. Now my red face is really red. --

Now that's funny! Looking ahead, next time you can claim you were a victim of spell checker. After all, "absorbent" was spelled perfectly!

43 posted on 06/22/2009 11:18:53 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Crazieman
Greenland will drop like a frozen berry into our basket first. Alberta is presently Canada's major cashcow and they might even raise an army to keep us from taking over.

Or, maybe not.

44 posted on 06/22/2009 11:20:28 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: oldmomster

I had a student once that thought Canada was a U.S state.


45 posted on 06/22/2009 11:20:58 AM PDT by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: Achilles Heel
Can u imagine a thriving tourist industry?

ah yes, good ol' Thule airbase. The most sought after deployment in the service.
46 posted on 06/22/2009 11:21:41 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Cboldt

I think he got it right. We get the oil, they absorb all our dollars. Simple!


47 posted on 06/22/2009 11:22:31 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: oldmomster

Excellent, they become a state and all of the off-shore oil will be declared as “do no drill” because of the chance of polluting the ocean and destroying the views from Greenlands, lush tropical beaches, thus destroying the tourist trade. Also, by drilling for oil, that will cause global warming and melt all the ice and then the country will be completely covered with the water from the melted ice.


48 posted on 06/22/2009 11:25:08 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: oldmomster

Since GW is over they better start drilling fast before the permafrost comes back.


49 posted on 06/22/2009 11:26:15 AM PDT by redangus
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To: Mr. Lucky

Yes, I did realize that. Did I make a mistake and write the wrong country? If I did, thanks for the correction.


50 posted on 06/22/2009 11:31:19 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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