STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Antarctica to Remain Off-Limits to Mines and Miners
By Daily Bell Staff - June 09, 2016

Antarctica to remain permanently off-limits to mining … Antarctica will remain completely off limits for mining in the future. That was the unanimous decision reached on Wednesday by all 29 nations party to the Antarctic Treaty, the main international governing mechanism for the continent. The resolution, lauded by NGOs, dispels any doubts or false rumors that the status quo might change after 2048. – Blouin News

There won’t be any unintentional discoveries on the Antarctic any time soon. It will remain “completely off limits” for mining and miners.

For us – and no doubt we are in the minority – that’s too bad. We’d like to see more exploration of the Antarctic, intended or not.

We recently discussed the Antarctic HERE.

We wrote:

A mineral-rich land [is rumored to exist] on the other side of the Antarctic.

This claim, in fact, was made by  Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., an American naval officer who explored both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Byrd, a Freemason, was the recipient of the US Medal of Honor, and in his trips to the Antarctic, he received funding from the US government.

Returning from the Antarctic, he gave a specific account of finding a large, unexplored land beyond the Antarctic itself.

You can see his account here, as he described what he’d seen during a television interview.

We concluded:

Due to an international treaty, the Antarctic is basically off-limits to people who want to explore it. But if there is a huge, mineral-rich land beyond the ice, as Byrd suggested, resources … might be better employed to explore what lies beyond the Antarctic.

In our conclusion we suggested that resources aimed at going to Mars could be redirected to the Antarctic, given the mysterious, rich land that Byrd speaks of.

Instead, as we can see from Blouin News, 29 nations have just voted to keep Antarctica “mining free.”

More:

Prior to its signing in 1991, Antarctic Treaty Parties had negotiated an agreement regulating mining in the continent. However, that controversial pact never entered into force.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) of environmental NGOs campaigned for years for a “World Park Antarctica,” and Australia and France led the opposition to the mining agreement.

And so, after 25 years of Antarctic mining being prohibited, now all Treaty countries support the ban.

We also  learn that tourism was discussed at the 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

Since tourism is hitting a “record high,” ASOC nations decided there will need to be an “additional response” to make sure tourism leaves only a ”minimal footprint on the fragile Antarctic environment.”

No doubt this will include some sort of ban on tourism.

The writers are positive about the continued “hands off” Antarctic regime.

Still, the unanimously-supported ban on Antarctic mining is a big relief. It means that a scramble for the continent’s mineral and hydrocarbon resources is not in the cards, even after 2048.

Conclusion: Is there a vast continent beyond Antarctic ice? Apparently the environment down there is so fragile that we are not able to find out. Too bad.

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  • Bruce C.

    Okay, let me just ask a dumb question right off just to get it out of the way: Where (or what) is “the other side of the Antarctic”?

    I read your previous articles and even watched the Byrd video and I still don’t get it. Obviously(?) it doesn’t mean the Arctic (the opposite pole/side of the earth), so does it mean the other side of the ICE which would be the UNDER-side of the ice – the ground itself – which could arguably also be considered the UPPER-side of the ice if north is considered up (or down if your standing upright in Antarctica)?

    Could it be that nobody has explored the “other side of the Antartic” by now because nobody knows where it is, and at this rate nobody is going to find it until 2048?

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    “… the main [29 nation] international governing mechanism for the continent” is testing its bully position to elicit the necessary response ( $$$$ ) from some multinational for which, of course, an exception will be made.

  • Tom Bacco

    or it’s because the power elite plans to establish itself there after WW3 like the nazi did after WW2

  • Blank Reg

    This is the same mindset that would also want to lock down Mars as a private nature preserve for elite, well connected scientists and other researchers. However, most people who want to emigrate to Mars want to do so in hopes of terraforming the place, and creating a second inhabitable world for humanity. Better the ambitions of the people locking down Antarctica STAY in Antarctica, rather than having those mental toxins being spread throughout the solar system.

    But as Heinlein once remarked: “Government is a social disease humanity takes with it wherever it goes.”

    • Do you govern your own mind or conduct? Of course you do. Whether you have ease or dis-ease is a result of your self-definitions.
      As I see it there is a pervasive self-hatred that extends to hating Life – excepting we usurp, control and remake it in our own image – for the sense of nature is one of hostile and treacherous failure to support or align with our fantasy of power. Insofar as nature can be redefined or framed to support our fantasy we make symbols of beauty and magic – at least to sell our products – but mostly we rape and lay waste and dump our shit of toxic guilt in our bodies and our environment – and blame nature as genes and bugs and virii – along with psychopathic ‘elites’ who outsource pain while evaporating their ‘profits’.

      Antarctica: Is there is something big that is not allowed to be made public. Did you know that maps from antiquity that inspired Columbus showed Antarctica as separate islands – no ice?

      I have a sense the world we presume is a realm of unconsciousness intended as such and defended as such. On the surface of Unconsciousness is what we define and accept as ‘conscious’ but it is conditioned reaction in which attention is locked into conflicted identity – somewhat like a computer program set to solve an insoluble problem. Loop, hang, crash – take your pick – but the front-end experience is all most are able or willing to engage with. Looking beneath the surface is ‘reality-breaking’. However, once we break – we have a basis from which to see that we did not have within the matrix – though the world is still a very distracting place because that is its design to the mind seeking diversion from what is being hidden thereby.

      The various conflicting polarities of the human archetypes include utter lawlessness and natural law or inner recognition of a balanced outcome for all involved. It is the usurpation and replacement of natural law with fear and hatred of lawlessness that invited fear and hate into our lawmaking under the aegis of self-righteousness – which offsets our self-hatred by directing it at the ‘evil other’.

      Serial relationships of exploitive indifference in which the used up is discarded for the next party are also an archetype of unrestrained and unregulated ‘freedom’ to do whatever feels good regardless how anyone else feels. When you find out how to enforce your will on others who want different things from you then your fantasy will be realized – but I suspect people actually all have different reasons and motives in what moves them and they only seem to be a homogeneous group from a generalized analytical perspective.

      Toxicity can be called too much – or an imbalance. Fantasy humans never make these problems that then invoke restraining controlling government but where are they when you need them? In some sort of golden age that never was but seemed to be with hindsight of a set of challenges not fully addressed and interpreted as illegitimate violation of ‘freedom’ to not be catalyzed, challenged or transformed by new information and experience!
      there is no such freedom – but dedication to it will cost awareness of the core responsibility that is our freedom.

      I see our false currency of thought as the disease that operates through us like a parasitic and destructive force. I don’t blame the true of us – but see the effect of the denial of the true in exchange for the mask of power by which to ‘survive’ in its terms. In power struggle terms. Truth is the first and necessary victim for fantasies to be given power.

      By the synchronicity of meeting your comment under this article – I found myself writing and reading what has formed here with you. Is that a different quality of power? I feel so. But not over anyone or anything. Use it or lose it. (Therefore to lose what you really don’t want – don’t use it).

      Thanks for the invitation – even if you didn’t know it was there.

  • Praetor

    There is a continent under the ice down there. And probably Gold, oil all kinds of things. Great place to store you’re precious commodities.

    I think if the people try hard enough, we could warm up the world and make it a habitable environment. Then we could steal the elites stuff. We could also do the Penguins a favor, warm it up a bit.

    This world is here for the benefit of all, not the few. NWO slugs we’re coming for you’re savings!!!

    • They don’t have savings – they have more debt – balanced with investments and connections that enable supporting a greater flow of influence and information.
      I tend to think that if you were really coming after them – they would move a lot quicker than slugs!

      The energy embodied as any particle is mind-boggling – but then perhaps we are not ready to unlock our minds from self-limitation and align to its currents and flow – hence the mind -filtering that protects us from Infinity that we play as being kept in the dark.

    • John

      “There is a continent under the ice down there. And probably Gold, oil
      all kinds of things. Great place to store you’re precious commodities”

      Which Is The Reason It Is OFF LIMITS – All Those New Commodities Would Ruin Their Price Suppression Schemes On Commodities They Have Now.

      • Pilgrim

        Don’t you mean the price inflation? Limiting supply increases demand and profit-margins.

  • Ernie Hopkins

    Yet not too fragile for the governments to set up permanent facilities and conduct a multitude of classified operations.

  • Lucas Doolin

    We are not being told the truth again.

  • dauden

    What do they need to hide?

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