How The North American Superhighway Will Hurt The Environment

<p>Plans for a North American Superhighway will have major environmental effects, argues this article from <em>The Valley Advocate</em> of Connecticut.</p>
December 2, 2007, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"I-69 is a massive superhighway that already extends from Ontario to Indianapolis (through Michigan). There are plans to resume construction next spring and push it through southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, where it will connect with the highways of the Plan Puebla Panama in Mexico."

"Meanwhile, another part of this "Super Corridor" called Interstate 35 has been expanding from Winnepeg to Mexico, through North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas."

"All this asphalt, pollution, impervious surface, drained wetlands, traffic, is courtesy NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. I-69 and I-35 will be the major artery of globalization in the Americas-an aorta through our heartland four football fields wide."

"The road has already gobbled up hundreds of thousands of acres of undeveloped, pristine habitat, and displaced rural families through eminent domain "takings." When it's completed, it will profoundly reshape the Americas, gutting regions and, in Central America, cultures, while leading to more dam projects, clear-cutting of forests and other environmentally unfriendly activities. In addition, this 'corridor' will require $2 billion per year of public funds for 'infrastructure improvements.'"

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Published on Thursday, November 29, 2007 in The Valley Advocate
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