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Transcontinental Transit Corridors

The NAFTA highways

by Maggie Hughes


Mid Continental Trade Corridor

If your not in the trucking and transportation industry, you may not realize what is going on. How can we live locally, and stop CO2 pollution when there are so many companies out there who think the only answer for for society is to build more roads and increase the number of trucks on the roads. We are making trade deals that are not covered in the news, but deals that do affect our lives. How can people fight the climbing air pollution, and increase in climate change when those that want more roads are the closest to the politicians?

It started with NASCO, and the the trade deals that were put together between the five Member States to create NASCO. Independent video from town halls were showing that the mega highway began in Texas. From there it joined with Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, and reached as far north as Winnipeg Manitoba, where it is called the Red River Trade Corridor. It includes private businesses, with deals that include the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor Ontario, the major route for more international truck traffic than any other border crossing in America.

While people like Dr. Suzuki wrestle with politicians to get the message through their heads that we must stop adding CO2 into the air, there are many other consultants on the lecture circuit to lead the charge for more transportation. People like Dan Goodwill and Associates. Dale Goodwill is just one of those consultants the Trucking industry look to for solutions.

http://www.nasco-itc.com/z

Then I discovered the NAPIPN ( North America Inland Ports Network ) web site. It was there that I saw the same map of North America that is posted on the NASCO site.

So what are inland Ports? They are the replacement for Shipping Ports, with the carrier now being transport trucks.

These ports are the the agenda of the fuel industry, and by that I include the trucks trains and airplanes that burn fuel in transporting goods into the U.S. and Canada from Asia, and resources out of Canada and Mexico into the U.S.

Their aim is to change the physical highway grids to allow the continuation of exploiting raw materials and cheap labor for the International Markets.

The mega super highway originally started by travelling North along side of Interstate I-35. You can actually see it from Google Earth. The coordinates are -

Larado Texas 27 degrees latitude, 99 degrees longitude. From there you can follow it up along side of I-35 to Austin Texas, Dallas Texas, and up to Oklahoma at Lat. 35 degrees, longitude 97 degrees.

From there you can still see what is finished and what is being planned as you head to Kansas City.

Underground Inland Port

Kansas City has done something very interesting. It has used old mining sites to build an entire underground warehousing, storage, ideal for shipments that need to be kept at a cool temperature.

The original thinking was to make a safe underground highway for protections from the new intense storms. Climate change won't affect Kansas City.

<http://www.huntmidwest.com/pdfs/subtropolis_benefits_warehousing.pdf>

SubTropolis is one of the United States major inland Ports.

From Kansas the Super highway branches off – heading to other future Inland Ports. Detroit/Windsor, west to British Columbia, and North to Winnipeg, on the way to Port Churchill on Hudson Bay.

The Province of Manitoba has been busy setting themselves up to be Canada's biggest Transportation Hub.

Manitoba Parliament opened house November 8 2007 to being a major player in the Transcontinental Truck and Train Corridor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br31mdP8-Ug

"NAFTA Superhighway" confirmed by Manitoba government

On November 20, 2007, the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Manitoba, Canada (John Harvard) opened the session with his Speech from the Throne (gov.mb.ca/throne.html, cached), and in it he confirmed the existence of what he called a "Mid-Continent Trade Corridor". The only difference between that and the "NAFTA Superhighway" appears to be the name:

Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an "in-land port" in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping...

The video here contains the part of the speech above, and juxtaposes it with excerpts from the SPP meeting.

CentrePort Canada, Manitoba’s inland port, is 20,000 acres of land anchored at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

http://www.winnipeginlandport.ca/

Selling itself as the the Arctic Bridge – CentrePorts web site states -

As the 21st century progresses, the development of the Canadian Arctic and its vast resources is rapidly becoming a part of this country's efforts to expand and compete in the global marketplace. The exploration and harvesting of the natural wealth of this rugged land has placed it prominently in the international spotlight and new economic opportunities emerge regularly.

As far as the Government of Manitoba, they had this statement to say.

“For Manitoba, as we seek to increase our participation in global commerce, the Arctic potential goes beyond the land-based opportunities. Against this backdrop of globalization, the province is looking at our Arctic potential from a different perspective, with the development of an Arctic bridge encompassing both air and sea connections between Russia and Canada.”

http://www.arcticbridge.com/

With the fuel now being piped along these transportation corridors, via the pipelines from the Alberta Tar Sands, it will assure that dwindling supplies of Oil and Gas will be drained into the new Mega Trade Corridors.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Spivey/phyllis3.htm

This may explain why Steven Harper is more interested in travelling to India and Asia for trade deals that will involve Oil, than going to Copenhagen in December for climate talks. As far as Harper is concerned, it's business as usual with Canada being the new Arabia. He is selling Tar Oil to the world. From the Tar Sands through pipelines to refineries located near Fresh Water, and out through these new mega highways to his International Buyers.

From one of the speeches by Dan Goodwill of Dan Goodwill and Associates to a Trucking convention recently held in Canada.

This system of trade corridors will be able to reach 100 million people. This multimodal Transportation Network will cover more than 2,500 miles. It will speed the flow of containerized goods from the ocean ports through the inland port network.”

One of the private companies he talks to, Omni Trax, is currently involved in building more rail lines between the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay, to connections in Winnipeg. But it isn't just a truck and train corridor, there are many airports being built as well.

In October of 2008 Harper gave Churchill $68 million dollars to upgrade it's Port and Rail lines. But Omni Trax owns the Via rail line that currently serves as a tourist adventure.

This report from Forbes magazine explains the importance of having a larger Shipping Port and more Rail lines in Churchill

DENVER -- Forbes Magazine Profiles Port of Churchill, 'Arctic Bridge' and Vast Potential of Transpolar Trade; Canada, Russia, OmniTRAX Cooperating on Ambitious Trade Opportunity; North American Trade Corridor Can Extend From Murmansk Russia, to Churchill Manitoba, to Mexico; Market of 90-Million Just 30-Hour Trucking.

As Jerome R Corsi, a columnist for World Net Daily and author of many books on the NAU; states - the transportation industry is one of the major pollutants of CO2 Gas emissions resulting from road transportation and represents approximately 30% of all energy consumed in Canada, making mobility and transportation systems a major climate change issue.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15875

“From 1990 to 2006, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation rose 32% in Canada alone. Over all, transportation was the second largest emission producing category in 2006.”

According to Environment Canada, trip volume across the Ottawa River, for example increased over 20% in the past 10 years, and the volume between urban and rural areas increased 90% in the same time.

(www.O.DSurvery.ca)

How can it be possible to lower our CO2 emissions while these trade deals are being coveted by Mr. Harper and being backed by these super transportation corridors that will include more Trucks, more trains, and more Airports increasing at an incredible rate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxzs46Nxohk

Maggie Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 


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