POSTED ON AUGUST 1, 2007:
NASCO reps say North American Superhighway needed to accommodate "trade tsunami"
As recently reported in UTW, a mammoth, four-football-field-wide "superhighway" that would pass through the heart of Oklahoma as it connects Canada and Mexico has been in the planning stages by several different interests over the years (see "Trans America" in our June 7-13 issue, or read it online at www.urbantulsa.com).
Tiffany Melvin, executive director of North America's Supercorridor (NASCO) Coalition, said the development of the I-35 corridor as "the world's first international, multi-modal transportation system" is needed to accommodate freight traffic resulting from the massive swell of trade sweeping in from Mexico as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
"We are literally facing a trade tsunami and U.S., Mexico and Canadian infrastructure is unable to handle the burden," she told Oklahoma lawmakers recently in justification of NASCO's designs.
Numerous commentators denounce NAFTA as one increment in the gradual creation of a European Union-style "North American Community" in which Canada, the U.S. and Mexico combine resources, infrastructures and security efforts while synchronizing laws and developing common bureaucracies, eventually eroding borders and clear distinctions between the three sovereign nations (once again, see "Trans America" to see how all the puzzle pieces fit together).
Along with condemning the agreement for its ramifications toward a new continental order, critics also point to its deleterious effects on the U.S. economy by opening doors for competition from foreign interests.
Much of the competition for manufactured goods isn't even from our neighbors to the south, but from communist Chinese-owned manufacturers, who take advantage of Mexico's cheaper trucking to get their goods from ports in Mexico up through the Texas border and into American retail stores.
The accompanying photographs illustrate the "trade tsunami" attested to by Melvin, and were taken by KFAQ's Bruce DeLay recently as he traveled home from a trip to Cochise County, Ariz.
The picture of the truck was taken in El Paso, Texas and the Chinese-dominated train was taken near Lordsburg, N.M., he said.
"We saw them many times, going both east and west," said DeLay of the Chinese import-filled containers.
"Do you suppose the Chinese containers are going back to China filled with American-made goods?" Broken Arrow resident Ken Sellers rhetorically asked.
As vice president of the watchdog group Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise (OK-SAFE), Sellers has long been an outspoken critic of NAFTA, NASCO and gradually emerging plans for a "North American Community."
If the U.S.'s $232 million year trade deficit with China reported by the U.S. Census Bureau for last year is any indication, the answer to Sellers' question is "no."
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