The Super Highway ?

About: worldnetdaily: deal develops canada's nafta superhighway

The NAFTA SuperHighway: (The paranoid point of view)
Could the highway drain the food belts of the midwest into Mexico? - OR could the highways provide more avenues for Chinese goods to enter the country into the food belt? or conversely drain food from the food belt to feed a hungry massive population? The Mississippi & Missouri rivers used to be the main arteries.

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  1. nafta
  2. superhighway
  3. railroad

Comments


Seth says
I guess the brand new, not even opend yet, BNSF Intermodal facility in the Port of Seattle was built for not ...
 
From Railroads Around The Sound...

Mark de LA says
Trucks & railroads are needed to move stuff from overseas to the interior.  Notice the truck terminus in Vancouver & points in South of Mexico. The main point of the truck unions is that Mexican truck drivers are going to carry the goods through the southern ports (probably from China) and truck them North into the US. The truckers in the US will lose business.  We should probably check the maps of the railroads against the new highway & the ports if we wanted to get a picture of the infrastructure - once our edge on commerce.

T-off says
This whole thing runs counter to the buy locally to conserve energy.

Seth says
That all our goods are made in China runs conter to the "buy locally to conserve energy" senario too.  In fact Mexico is much closer than China.  Why put a container on a boat from China?  Mush less energy to make the stuff down in Mexico and shoot it on a railroad car straight to Chicago.  

Seth says
Magor 2007-09-04 11:58:49 7960
 We should probably check the maps of the railroads against the new highway & the ports if we wanted to get a picture of the infrastructure - once our edge on commerce.

I5 crossing the main rail corridor from Seattle's Argo yard at the Duwamish curve.  From: Railroads Around The Sound

I90/94  roughly follows the East/West rail tracks across the Northern part of the nation.  I5 follows the North/South tracks out West.  Those are the ones i am familure with.  The ports of Vancouver and Seattle are competing to suck up the shit from China.  But then China built Vancouver ... hmmm i wonder who will win.  Globalization knows no boundaries ... nor do i.

Mark de LA says
WND, somewhat paranoid of the superhighway, has an expose on what the Chinese are up to in this article.
source: ... China mega-port catalyst for NAFTA Superhighway
- North America about to be hit by tsunami of Far East goods...
Most of the paranoia relates to a theory that someone is trying to form a North American Union, similar to the European Union, out of Canada, US & Mexico.  Although debunked in a Tony Snow press conference & probably just a conspiracy theory, things seem to be moving right along in that direction.
source: ... Linked dots show North American Union plan
- Corsi's 'Late Great USA' warning No. 1 with WND readers 
...

E. Ek says
One way to ruin an economy is to flood it's markets with inferior goods at cheaper prices drawing the labor force to make such goods overseas. The balance of payments thus rises to the foreign entities, the dollar value drops, and recession or worse sets in - crime then rises. Watch where you spend your money and where the goods come from - (if you give a shit!) - your children could eventually end up living in a 3rd world country. A cheap labor force from another country also has a similar effect - legal or not.

Seth says
M 2007-09-13 07:15:58 7960


source: this article.

In 2005, the largest container ships carried an average of less than 2,500 containers. Today, megaships containing 9,500 containers are in operation. The Emma Maersk, one of the largest container ships, is over four football fields long (1,300 feet) and capable of handling 12,500 containers, stacked in 22 rows across its deck.

A YouTube.com video showing the Emma Maersk at sea gives an idea of the megaship's magnitude


... I think Maersk has a facility in the Port of Tacoma.  Someday i might get a chance to get out there and take a photo of one of those super ships.  

What amazes me is that with all of those containers comming from China full, and since the US can only fill the containers with waste products, how do all the empties get back to China?

Mark de LA says
 
source: ...
What amazes me is that with all of those containers comming from China full, and since the US can only fill the containers with waste products, how do all the empties get back to China?
...why? we have nothing to sell to China except shit ?



Seth says
M 2007-09-13 13:55:28 7960
...why? we have nothing to sell to China except shit ?

Well of course i was being facetious ... we have agracultural products like apples, corn, and  grains that China may (or may not) allow into their markets.  But if you look at box cars going by you cannot help but be impressed by the number of them that are carrying waste products like the ones below carrying Seattle's waste to a Rabanco land fill, or recycling products like the one below that carrying scap metal to the Nucor plant. 

What would be fun would be to put a scanner along some tracks and interface it to some of the websites that allow you to track containers ... get some macro feelings about what commodities are flowing where and how the emties get back to China ... or do they?




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