Who “owns” the Arctic? Whose interests are valued and respected there? Former U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China are already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, how should the US respond? Will the value of these oil and gas reserves continue as more alternative world energy sources begin to compete?
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