[UPDATE]: as a reader has pointed out, NASCO has denied claims of a super highway (yet they freely acknowledge a NASCO corridor). It should be pointed out, however, that NASCO does support the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). Their own timeline (which can be found here) states that they are almost finished with their environmental studies. What are they waiting for? The last two entries in their “Environmental Study Timeline” are “Prepare final environmental impact statement”, which is labeled as ongoing & “Federal Approval (record of decision)”, which is labeled as anticipated Summer/Fall of 2008.

The Bush administration has decided that there is just too much fact-checking occurring for developers when it comes to their effects on endangered species:

“The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants.

New regulations, which don’t require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years…”

This is not the first time the Bush administration has tried to annihilate our environment.

When I first read this article my hear dropped, but I was not surprised in the least. Why? Because I remembered hearing about a major development project that the current administration has been working towards. The NASCO Corridor. Before Bush and friends are removed from office, they want to be sure the NASCO corridor is going forward with full steam. Why does it seem appropriate to tie this endangered species announcement together with the NASCO corridor?

Well, 2 months ago, the NASCO Conference 2008 was held. There, Mexican Energy Secretary Georgina Kessel, speaking on behalf of the Mexican President:

“…emphasized that Mexico recognizes that growing global trade and rising North American trade flows “have generated challenges in infrastructure, logistics and public policy.” She praised the nonprofit, tri-national NASCO and its efforts to unite public and private sector trade and transport stakeholders to overcome these challenges and “promote a secure, efficient transport system in North America that facilitates cross-border trade.””

In addition:

“Undersecretary of Transport for Mexico Humberto Treviño informed attendees of President Calderón’s aggressive National Infrastructure Plan to invest $45 billion in public/private funds in Mexico’s national transportation infrastructure, including in highways, tollroads, railroad network expansion, modernization and expansion of airports, air cargo terminals, seaports and port terminals as well as in major electricity grid transmission equipment and networks and oil and gas pipelines and electric power plants.”

It would seem, from these quotes, that the conference is focused around the transportation of Mexico. So, it is probably a conference made up of mostly Mexican officials from Mexican companies, right? WRONG:

“Top company executives in attendance included Mike Haverty, CEO of Kansas City Southern Railroad; officials from Mexico’s Ferromex Railroad; Roberto González Barrerra of food/tortilla giant Grupo Maseca and Banorte Bank; senior executives from FedEx; and leaders of small, mid- and large-sized trade, logistics and transportation firms across North America.”

… just to name a few.

Two months after this meeting (where U.S. companies as well as U.S. senators attended), there is suddenly a need to make it easier for developers to develop in the United States? Why would there be this sudden interest in giving less oversight to developers?

Enter the NASCO corridor. A highway; a very, very big highway. That’s right, a 10-lane, limited access highway, that runs directly from Mexico to Canada. The effect that this will have on the U.S. economy will be absolutely staggering:

The video above starts to describe just how much of an impact this is going to have. One example offered of how this will have an effect on America is by looking at the Ford company. They worked to release 30,000 jobs in the U.S. and plan on employing 150,000 in Mexico. In addition, they have invested $9,200,000,000 (9.2 billion) in the country of Mexico to help their plans along. But surely an American company opening plants in Mexico would use American parts for production, right? Nope. Where, then, are the bulk of the parts necessary for production coming from in Mexico? China.

It’s interesting that this major U.S. development plan is not mentioned anywhere in the Associated Press release. But then, that shouldn’t surprise us much anymore now, should it?

  • Roger Strong

    There’s a lot of truth in what you’e saying. It would help if you didn’t wrap a bunch of myths and wild claims around it.

    Like your “10-lane, limited access highway, that runs directly from Mexico to Canada”.

    There is a plan for a megahighway – the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) – but that’s in Texas only. The tinfoil-hat crowd has combined it with NASCO (harmonized truck load and length regulations on *existing* highways) to get the hyper-stupid “four football fields wide megahighway from Mexico to Winnipeg” tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory.

    Rep. Kaptur even admits that she found out about it on the internet. She got suckered.

    There’s plenty of proof of what I’m saying here…


    …but the truth won’t make money for those who make money peddling books, lectures and advertising to conspiracy theorists, the way they used to with UFOs.

  • While I appreciate the connections you are trying to make, I think that there are some flaws in your argument.

    From http://www.nascocorridor.com/commondetail.asp?id=2190:
    “MYTH: The Trans Texas Corridor is the first section of the proposed, new NAFTA Superhighway.

    FACT: The Trans Texas Corridor is an initiative launched by Texas Governor Rick Perry and developed by the Texas Department of Transportation to attempt to solve the critical, long-range transportation problems projected for the State of Texas over the next 20 to 30 years. NASCO supports the TTC-35 section (parallel to Interstate 35) of the proposed TTC System because it is directly related to, and will benefit, the existing I-35, NASCO Corridor.”

    In that statement, from their own website, they not only acknowledge a “NASCO Corridor,” but also describes that NASCO supports this. So, to say that there is no plans for a “NASCO corridor” is silly.

    In addition, the “four football fields wide” came from the proposal for the TTC that you speak of (link):
    “The concept is simple. Texas will be connected by a 4,000-mile
    network of corridors up to 1,200 feet wide with separate lanes for
    passenger vehicles (three in each direction) and trucks (two in each

    The other two links that you provided only deny the existence based on information from the organizations in question. Organizations deny their own involvement in events all the time (ever heard of this company called Blackwater Worldwide?).

    Therefore, it really comes down to a question of who you are willing to, or want to, believe. If you believe everything that comes from the horse’s mouth, then you’re probably gonna be smelling hay most of your life.

    All of that aside: no where in my post do I say that the corridor will run “from Mexico to Winnepeg.” No where in my post do I say that the corridor will be “four football fields wide.”

    However, assuming that you are completely correct and there is no plans for the NASCO corridor, there is still the TTC project which has plenty of information and plenty of data. From the project’s own timeline, you can see that they are awaiting environmental impact federal approval and plan to have it by this fall. So, again, I say, it is odd that this 4,000 mile long project is not mentioned in the press releases concerning the impact of the changes for the endangered species act.

    But don’t worry, you aren’t the first to compare the information posted on this site to the rantings of those donning tin-foil hats.

  • Roger Strong

    You’re just repeating your fallacies and ignoring what I wrote.

    No-one denies the NASCO corridor. Not me, not NASCO, not anyone else that I’m aware of. It’s NEVER been a secret – it’s on the web, it’s been talked about openly here in Manitoba both in the papers and in the legislature for at least 14 years.

    No-one denies the TTC either, or that it’s for a 10-lane mega highway. (I understand that it’s been scaled down a tad, but someone still needs to hammer a stake through its heart.)

    But your combination of the two – a TTC-style mega highway from Mexico to Canada – is a myth. NASCO uses existing highways.

    And you are indirectly claiming that it runs from Mexico to Winnipeg, since that’s the path NASCO takes. It’s on the map (from the NASCO site itself) that many conspiracy theorists wave about in their blogs and videos. (Often with a mega highway image from the TTC site dishonestly overlaid on top.)

    If it makes you happy though, the competing CANAMEX plan (further west) involves some road building – the traditional 4-lane type – mostly as bypasses and upgrades on existing highways. And the Alberta side of CANAMEX does seem to have an agenda: Introducing “Large Combination Vehicles” (LCVs), now popular in Alberta, on US highways.