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Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:42 PM

Greenland government falls as voters send warning to mining companies

Source: Guardian

Greenland government falls as voters send warning to mining companies

Siumut party, led by Aleqa Hammond, to form coalition government in place of Kuupik Kleist's administration

Terry Macalister
The Guardian, Friday 15 March 2013 18.00 EDT

The race for resources in the frozen wastes of the Arctic has brought down its first national government, leaving foreign oil and mining companies shivering about the future. Voters in Greenland feared that ministers were surrendering their country's interests to China and foreign multinationals and called an end this week to the government of prime minister Kuupik Kleist.

London Mining, which has a former British foreign minister, Sir Nicholas Bonsor, on the board, has been at the centre of a row in the country after speculation it could bring in 2,000 Chinese workers to build one of the world's biggest iron ore mines expressly to serve steel mills in Beijing.

The activities of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy, which drilled for oil off Greenland's south-west coast in 2011, had also polarised opinion between those who welcomed the potential for a hydrocarbon strike bringing huge economic wealth and those worried about spills.

The Siumut party in Greenland, led by Aleqa Hammond, has just won 42% of the vote, allowing it to form a coalition government in place of the current ruling party led by Kleist.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/15/greenland-government-oil-mining-resources

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Judi Lynn Mar 2013 OP
snappyturtle Mar 2013 #1
littlemissmartypants Mar 2013 #2
bvar22 Mar 2013 #3
xtraxritical Mar 2013 #11
Little Star Mar 2013 #4
Plucketeer Mar 2013 #5
midnight Mar 2013 #6
AllyCat Mar 2013 #7
daleo Mar 2013 #13
SunSeeker Mar 2013 #8
sulphurdunn Mar 2013 #9
Lydia Leftcoast Mar 2013 #10
sulphurdunn Mar 2013 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:48 PM

1. Love this! Seems like cold climates (Greenland, Iceland) brings about some guts

from their citizens. Lessons the other countries on the planet should heed.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:55 PM

2. Wonderful! eom

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 07:22 PM

3. POWER to the PEOPLE!!!

I wish we had that here!


In recent polls (2005!!!) by the Pew Research Group, the Opinion Research Corporation, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS News, the American majority has made clear how it feels. Look at how the majority feels about some of the issues that you'd think would be gospel to a real Democratic Party:

1. 65 percent (of ALL Americans, Democrats AND Republicans) say the government should guarantee health insurance for everyone -- even if it means raising taxes.

2. 86 percent favor raising the minimum wage (including 79 percent of selfdescribed "social conservatives").

3. 60 percent favor repealing either all of Bush's tax cuts or at least those cuts that went to the rich.

4. 66 percent would reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.

5. 77 percent believe the country should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment.

6. 87 percent think big oil corporations are gouging consumers, and 80 percent (including 76 percent of Republicans) would support a windfall profits tax on the oil giants if the revenues went for more research on alternative fuels.

7. 69 percent agree that corporate offshoring of jobs is bad for the U.S. economy (78 percent of "disaffected" voters think this), and only 22% believe offshoring is good because "it keeps costs down."

http://alternet.org/story/29788/

9. 92% of ALL Americans support TRANSPARENT, VERIFIABLE elections!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=203x446445


10. Over 70% of the American People OPPOSE Mandated Insurance without a Public Option.

11. Over 65% of the American People OPPOSE ANY cuts to Medicare or Social Security


What does it take?



You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.
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Response to bvar22 (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 12:19 AM

11. It takes lobbyists and lots of cash.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 07:31 PM

4. k&r

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 07:41 PM

5. Nice to know that SOMEplace

some folks really care.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 08:20 PM

6. The Chinese are coming to do mining jobs in Wisconsin too.. Even though we have no jobs

for many living in poverty.....

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Response to midnight (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 08:51 PM

7. Yup. Ole Walker got the mining bill pushed through

To "create jobs". And he did. Just not for us. As if it isn't bad enough they shipped all the jobs to China, now they want to bring the Chinese here to do work that can only be done here.

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Response to midnight (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 01:47 PM

13. A coal money in British Columbia, Canada too

They claimed on Canadian miners are capable of long wall mining. There has been considerable backlash, so the plan may not come off.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 08:58 PM

8. Oh, so THAT is what democracy looks like....nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:08 PM

9. Scandinavians

are stubborn square heads. I know. I grew up with them. God bless 'em all.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:31 PM

10. Except that most of the inhabitants of Greenland are Inuit

but they've been under Danish rule for centuries.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 09:24 AM

12. Damn! You're right.

I've got to stop confusing Greenland with Iceland and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh too.

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