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A Day Without A Mexico

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….

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4 thoughts on “A Day Without A Mexico

  1. I am not sure what is to become of Mexico but I call my particular province home. What would hurt me the most? Well I would have to say water. Without it I doubt if I could survive in acceptable sanitary conditions. And the food products such as produce would become way too expensive. But I don’t even know if I would consider going back the US because politics has become so dysfunctional. Being Mexican-American this really make me upset. Talking about such subjects a anchor babies and the effort to do away with the 14th amendment. So at least for now I will continue to call Mexico home unless the decide to revoke my papers.

    As for the gungsta things, I don’t know if things are any better in the large Metro areas of the US!

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    • Mexico will make the switch away from oil eventually…not easily of course, but eventually. This country has a large enough landmass and characteristics that should allow it to explore biofuel, solar, wind, and tidal energy with the right investment.

      Water is a harder issue to solve. Mexico is a ‘water-rich’ nation, but management is a struggle. I think we’ll problems more acutely up on the Rio Bravo border with the US first (problems already exist) and in Baja. Mexico City has major infrastructure projects being built right now that help address the massive water needs of this metropolis but how long that last, how fast the city grows, and climate change have big question marks attached.

      Re: the video…my lord, what a twisted society.

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      • What I was really getting at was not where Mexico will get it’s energy from, but where it’ll get the revenue from that oil is currently supplying. Black gold currently contributes 40% of the cash the govt collect up. That’s an awful lot.

        And water….well. I did mention a long time ago how much of the used water Mexico manages to recycle. A miserable 10%. The water company in London is being slammed and ridiculed for recycling ‘only’ 90%. The water management system has got to be sorted and soon.

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    • I would say if the situation remains as it is, regarding the narcos, then most of the country will continue to live in blissfull ignorance. The danger is in the battles of Juarez being fought, at some time in the future, on the streets of Guadalajara and DF.

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