Opposition Wins Elections In Greenland, Casting Doubt On Future Of Rare-Earth Mine via NPR (Portside)

Voters in Greenland have given an opposition party its first-ever chance to form a government after a campaign that sought to define the limits of development on the Arctic island.

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At the center of Tuesday’s election was the fate of a rare-earth and uranium mining project in the country’s south that has pitted those favoring more aggressive development against others who want more safeguards to protect the island’s fragile Arctic environment.

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Among other rare-earth metals, the Kvanefjeld project aims to tap into deposits of neodymium, an element used to create miniature permanent magnets that have become vital to a number of high-tech industries. The Australian company that runs the mine also wants to extract uranium. The project’s largest investor is a Chinese company.

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