"Sardar"NORTH AMERICAN MARINE CONFERENCESun Jul 2, 2006 16:58
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Subject: NORTH AMERICAN MARINE CONFERENCE ON SHORT SEA SHIPPING
Here is written proof that we are going to be turned into an American Union
and lose our country to globalism. This is already in place unless we stand
up and stop these globalist madmen. We don't have much time left to stop
THE HONORABLE NORMAN Y. MINETA
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
NORTH AMERICAN MARINE CONFERENCE ON SHORT SEA SHIPPING
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
APRIL 19, 2006
Thank you, Minister Cannon, for that kind introduction. But, more
importantly, thank you for your gracious hospitality here in Vancouver.
Thank you also to Mexico’s General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine,
Cesar Reyes, for being with us.
Transportation systems are the backbone of all modern economies, and their
effectiveness is vital to economic expansion today and in the future. So I
am pleased to join with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts to discuss how
we can enhance the use of efficient transportation options like Short Sea
Shipping here in North America.
President Bush believes that good public policy begins with the building of
a stable and successful neighborhood. So when he met with Prime Minister
Stephen Harper of Canada and President Vicente Fox of Mexico in late March,
he reaffirmed the United States strong commitment to a safer and more
prosperous North America.
It is clear from their comments following the Cancun meetings that all three
leaders agree that we must work together to make our open societies safer
and more secure, and our economies more competitive and more resilient.
The United States, Canada, and Mexico are using this cooperative approach in
the War on Terror. And, I know I speak for the President when I say that the
American people appreciate both of your Nation’s commitment and your
sacrifice in this global struggle for freedom and democracy.
Through the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America, our
Nations are working together to promote shared prosperity, common security,
and an enhanced quality of life for all of our citizens. This conference is
yet another step in the realization of this partnership’s promise.
Free trade is a tide that lifts all ships, deepening our cooperative
relationship by promoting mutual growth and opportunity. In fact, for more
than a decade now, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has
opened the doors to flourishing trade across our borders.
Since NAFTA went into effect, the Gross Domestic Product of all three
countries has grown more than 30 percent. And, our trade with each other has
also increased at an astonishing pace.
NAFTA has meant lower prices and more choices for consumers and higher
productivity, job creation, and expanded markets for businesses.
And undoubtedly, free trade is playing a prominent role in sparking record
growth in the North American economy, growth that we want to see extend well
into the future.
Therefore, it is critical that our transportation systems support and
encourage trade and economic expansion, not serve as a bottleneck to them.
In the United States, surging freight volumes are straining our ability to
move cargo into and out of American seaports, on and off our highways and
railways, and into our stores and homes.
And with projections calling for freight to spike more than 60 percent over
the next 20 years, it is clear that policy makers, transportation planners,
shippers, and others in private industry must work together to address this
colossal challenge now, before it is too late.
In the United States, the government is doing its part. Under President Bush
leadership, we are making certain that we are addressing critical
transportation priorities, and that we are developing solutions that will
help ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and products.
As part of this effort, we are more closely exploring each of our
transportation options. An increase in waterborne transport is one of the
more attractive alternatives because it is a cost-effective and efficient
way to move goods. And Short Sea Shipping offers exciting options for
expanding capacity and relieving congestion along our highways.
This concept is not about taking business and jobs from trucks and
railroads. It is a recognition, however, that we can better utilize existing
capacity to reduce bottlenecks and keep our entire transportation system
If you think of waterways as the highways of the seas, then you realize that
the roadway is already built. The chain of Great Lakes bordering the United
States and Canada, great rivers such as the Mississippi, and the Gulf of
Mexico are just a few of the many inland and coastal waterways that offer
Short Sea Shipping could help move more freight in a cost-effective,
environmentally-friendly, and efficient way, while at the same time,
relieving traffic tie-ups on our railways, roadways, and at our borders. It
can also help support economic growth far into the future.
The statistics are revealing. A single barge on our inland waterways can
carry the equivalent load of 58 tractor-trailers, while a small ship sailing
offshore can carry the equivalent cargo of 12 miles of trucks placed bumper
It is clear that our port community in the United States is now moving
toward Short Sea Shipping to solve some of their access problems. The ports
of Northern California are a prime example. The Port of Oakland is actively
trying to move freight inland to the Ports of Sacramento and Stockton via
barge to avoid the congested Bay Area highways.
Policy innovations are also helping us address the twin challenges of
capacity and congestion. Our newest surface transportation law contains
provisions designed to improve the efficiency of the Marine Transportation
System. For example, it includes many provisions to improve freight movement
through our gateway seaports and along major trade corridors.
And, on the financing front, large intermodal investments, including those
made by the private sector, are now eligible for federal credit on very
favorable borrowing terms.
These changes are critical because public-private partnerships can be
important to relieving port and other types of congestion.
The expanding role of the private sector in answering the growing demand for
transportation services is one of the most significant trends emerging in
the United States and across the globe.
That is because time and again, we have seen that unleashing market forces
speeds deployment of new technologies, fosters innovation, and introduces
efficiencies in transportation.
And while it is evident that the freight sector challenges call for pubic
leadership, private industry operates the vast majority of the freight
transportation system. That means that any meaningful improvements will
require efforts by both the public and private sectors.
In the United States, we have been very impressed at the mutual sense of
urgency and the dedication of time we have seen from our industry partners.
We have been equally impressed with the Canadian and Mexican desire to
pursue opportunities in Short Sea Shipping as evidenced by the Memorandum of
Cooperation signed in 2003.
However, our three Nations need to work together to jump-start services that
can help reduce cross-border congestion. One way to do this is to encourage
collaboration and cooperation in the research and development of Short Sea
Shipping opportunities in the North American corridor.
This trilateral conference joining public and private groups from our
neighboring Nations proves that there is a tremendous audience for the
development of a North American strategy on enhanced use of Short Sea
We look forward to working with our friends to build on this cooperation,
and help strengthen Short Sea Shipping and other transportation options in
the years to come.
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