I mean, it’s a monstrous big continent. As it’s largely unexplored it’s fair to say we can really only speculate about its mineral wealth, but whatever it’s got is untapped–surely there’s likely to be some good stuff under the ice?
We’re willing to consider a moon base that would see temperatures far below anything in Antarctica. We’ve even got stuff that can cruise around on Mars which is colder still.
Treaties? Are you kidding me? Someone finds oil on that big old chunk of rock and we’ll see those treaties hanging on a roll in the nearest bathroom.
Environment? There’s nothing freaking living there! We’ll chop down rainforests for firewood but we don’t want to get a frozen rock dirty? Nuts. If there’s money there, we’ll get it.
So what’s the big hold up?