The movie of a similar name was fun, if not entirely my thing. But I have been wondering of late, not least due to a few email and offline conversations I’ve been having, what holds the greatest danger for Mexico’s future. The country is running out of oil and water (and thus food) whilst filling up with guns and grenades. That can’t be a healthy combination.
Last year drought ruined the crops and left Mexico City with just a few months supply of water left. Global warming could potentially make that a regular occurance. AGW skeptics north of the border might be less skeptical if they saw the projected increases in their other pet hate -the illegal immigration that accompanies rising temperatures. But regardless, Mexico, the city especially, faces some serious challenges in the future even without further droughts.
As for those huge oil reserves Mexico posses in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re running out, and fast. And as if there weren’t enough problems getting the stuff out of the sea bed before due to a lack of tech, investment cash and know how, the Deepwater Horizon disaster sure hasn’t made things any easier. You have to bear in mind that about 40% of the revenue the Mexican government collects each year is from oil revenues. That’s some cut backs that would have to be made,
And then there are the narco-wars. Just to rub salt (and limon?) in an already sore wound. Is Mexico potentially another Colombia in the making? It won’t be an identikit situation of course. But there are similarities. I’ve long argued that the real danger arises if one cartel (I know Kim, it’s the wrong word, but everyone knows what it means!) becomes dominant. There are mixed messages coming out of political offices. Keep up the war, legalise or bury the federal head in the sand and hope it goes away. The last option seemed to work ok for a few decades, you know…
I’m undecided which will bring national hurt first. Probably the oil. I’m leaving in five months or so. I have my fingers crossed that it lasts at least that long! The water too, I hope. And I’ll continue dodging the bullets and bazookas that Fox News keeps insisting are being fired at me.
I have no image or video to accompany my thoughts on the above. So here’s something completely unrelated. What happens if you leave a store in the US, and the security alarm goes off, but because you’re deaf, you don’t hear the siren and so keep walking….