“Leave Arctic Business to the people who live here”
“Cooperation with the US, EU and Denmark is good for Greenland. But the outside world cannot define what is important to Greenland. We have to decide for ourselves. Where should the money come from? Fishing, mining, tourism? “Asked Larsen.
“We have good projects with international investors and we have to build on them. It’s going to take time, we just have to decide on the right path for us, ”concludes Larsen.
Governed by the Arctic
Heidar Gudjonsson quietly pointed out that no one recognizes the fact that Greenland left the EU in 1985 due to disagreements over the common fisheries policy and to regain control of Greenland’s fishery resources to remain out of the waters thereafter. of the EU.
“Business in the Arctic must be governed by the locals,” said Gudjonsson.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, defended arctic policy, saying climate change in the arctic is affecting the rest of the world and something must be done.
“Our prosperity and future generations depend on our fight against climate change. We just don’t have a good enough excuse to explain to our children why we haven’t done more. And climate change can only be tackled with global actions. We will push to keep the oil and gas in the ground and we hope the rest of the European Arctic will be inspired, ”Sinkevičius said.
Called to dialogue
EU representatives won resistance from former Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, who asked how the EU can support the closure of companies in the oil and gas sector.
“We are working hard to be more sustainable. It might be better to have a dialogue with the people in the oil and gas industry rather than kick us out of business, ”Treadwell said in the audience.
Virginijus Sinkevičius replied that it is not the EU that will end up shutting down oil and gas companies;
“Rising temperature and climate change will. Of course, there are a lot of jobs in the oil industry that depend on these jobs. It is a lot of work to do. With this policy, we invite the partners to find solutions together, ”concludes the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.
The EU will continue to buy
In a subsequent debate on the same topic, chaired by High North News editor Arne O. Holm, the editor asked Michael Mann if the EU would stop buying oil and gas, while Mann’s answer was no.
“We are not going to stop buying oil and gas, no. But we are the leaders in climate action and we are starting to turn the tide. We cannot stop using oil and gas from the world. overnight, but we have to speed it up “
“But the new Norwegian government will continue to use oil and gas”, argued Holm.
“Yes, and we want to start a serious discussion with Norway on this,” Mann said.
“How concrete is the oil ban?Holm asked.
“This is a concrete suggestion to stop drilling. We are committed to pushing all parties to stop. We will seek agreement with our partners on this,” Mann said.
Supports the ban
Naaja Nathanielsen, Greenland’s Minister for Housing, Infrastructure, Justice, Minerals and Gender Equality, said the Greenlandic government will not support further oil and gas drilling, in line with EU policy.