Friday, January 26, 2007


Peak Oil and the Border Fence

I was discussing Mexico’s peak oil problem with someone, and imagining what will happen to Mexico’s economy and society when the time comes, as it surely will in the near future. The collapse of Cantarell means that Mexico is in some deep doo-doo. One thing you can bet on is a huge northward migration of hordes of desperate Mexicans — and I blame them not, for I too would flee in the most promising direction.

That puts the Bush administration’s plans for a $49 billion border fence in a new light. Naturally, neither peak oil nor immigration problems can be solved with a border fence, but the government probably hopes it can stave off the inevitable crush from the south, at least for a while.

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