To the Wall Street Journal, a missed business opportunity is the only real disaster:
Greenland represents one of the largely unrecognized paradoxes of global warming. In former Vice President Al Gore's recent film "An Inconvenient Truth," the melting of Greenland's ice cap, along with a similar cap in the Antarctic, is portrayed as one of the greatest threats of global warming. If the layers of ice and snow holding billions of tons of water were to melt, scientists warn that global sea levels would rise by 40 feet, submerging lower Manhattan, the Netherlands and much of California.You heard it here first: As worldwide disaster looms, a few self-obsessed sociopaths are excited at the prospect of cashing in. In the Never-Never Land of the WSJ, this is what passes for a ”largely unrecognized paradox.” In reality, of course, it’s precisely the same logic that brought us to our current state of affairs…the same logic that the WSJ has spent decades propping up with specious rhetoric, shoddy journalism, revisionist history, and moon-high piles of thinktank boilerplate.
But to many of the people who live here in Greenland, the warming trend is a boon, not a threat.
After suggesting that a longer growing season in Greenland might be some kind of consolation-prize for the destruction of the financial nerve-centers along American and European coasts, the article goes on to concede that what’s good for the 57,000 people who live in Greenland may not actually be good for everyone else (the conclusion that it's accordingly not good for Greenlanders either remains tantalizingly out of reach):
Many climate scientists argue that any local benefits of the warming trend are more than offset by the global costs. One worry: That discussion of the benefits could undermine efforts to slow global warming.Which benefits are scientists hesitant to discuss? The ones that are “more than offset by the global costs.” In other words, the imaginary ones.
Still, there's no denying the good news for many Greenlanders. "If we are egoistic, we will be happy," says Mr. Motzfeldt.Well, you can’t argue with that. No matter where in the world we look, we see that happiness follows egoism as surely as rain follows the plow.
It’s funny how the sort of self-aggrandizing superstition that makes people obsessively buy lottery tickets is ennobled when it becomes the basis of statecraft. Greenland is “determined” to profit from climate change. Telling these Greenlanders that climate change may not lead to stable, predictable weather – and that their fate remains tied to that of the wider world regardless - is like telling a "determined" lottery player that she faces the same odds every time she buys a ticket. It’s heresy against the power of human desiring, before which nature and facts are supposed to adapt or retreat.