Adventures in Global Transportation

By David Stea

Despite recent setbacks, China still plans to invest as much as the equivalent of a half-trillion US dollars in ports, railways, and roads in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and elsewhere in Latin America. Such China-funded development includes all major ports on the west coast of Mexico, a massive canal across Nicaragua, construction of which has begun, and a multi-track railway line linking the Pacific coast of Peru across the Andes to the Atlantic coast of Brazil.

Lecture
Center for Global Justice presents
“Adventures in Global Transportation”
By Dr. David Stea
Wed, Jan 27, 11am1pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Little known to people in the three NAFTA countries are the recent expansions of North American rail networks to link US shippers across borders with ports in Mexico and Canada. One of these major railways runs right through San Miguel de Allende. Its future traffic will impact all of us.

The stated reason for “outsourcing” port facilities is that it’s difficult to expand such major US ports as Long Beach, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle, all surrounded by dense urban areas. The unstated reason is that unionized US West Coast dockworkers are costly: using railways to reach expanded ports outside the US will both reduce port costs and help to break the power of the strongest US unions. In this process, the port of Michoacan’s Lazaro Cardenas will be among those vastly expanded, and another huge port will be added in Baja California, all primarily serving the trade of—guess where with guess where?

Dr. David Stea will give an illustrated presentation examining the history of infrastructure projects and the potential impacts of the massive involvement of Chinese sociocapitalist enterprises in the Western Hemisphere, even upon San Miguel de Allende.

Dr. Stea, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of UNAM, is an engineer and environmental psychologist now resident in San Miguel. He has lectured, taught, and consulted on urban and regional planning issues in a dozen countries throughout the world, amicable meeting on plans for trans-oceanic railway between the presidents of China and Brazil.

 

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