A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Aug 8, 2008 – My husband sent me two links today. One is to an NPR article about the politics and problems besetting Mexican oil, and the other is to an article about many aspects of food here. I think they are both blog-worthy.

The Mexican oil article is rather disquieting. Looming Energy Crisis In Mexico Stirs Debate is the title, and things don’t get any cheerier after that. I think of Mexico as a country that HAS oil, but while that is true now, Pemex has been enough of a cash cow for the government, according to the article, that reserves could run short as soon as seven years from now. Funding that could have gone into improving long-term oil production has been diverted in a variety of ways. Of course “could run short” is not the same thing as “will run short.” We’ll see.

Here’s another bit: “Despite being a major oil exporter, Mexico imports 40 percent of its gasoline because Pemex does not have the capacity to refine its own crude.” I knew that importation was occurring, but I didn’t realize it was that high a percentage of the gasoline. Oddly, while gas prices at the pump up north have done their big climbs, our prices have only gone up a little. That’s because the federal government here in Mexico subsidizes gas prices at the pump.

Turning to corn, Corn Patches and Dispatches:Notes on a recent trip to Mexico is an article that ranges from milpas (cornfields or small farm fields) to Wal-Mart. Some (but not all) of the comments were interesting too.

2 Comments from the old blog:

  • At August 27, 2008 9:25 AM,  1st Mate said…

    That shows an appalling lack of forethought, not setting aside some profits to develop refineries. Makes you wonder when it’s going to hit the fan, doesn’t it?

  • At August 27, 2008 11:54 AM,  Rosana Hart said…

    It certainly does. That seven years? But then, someone once said that the Latino culture is to revere the past, live in the present, and let God take care of the future.

    That approach *does* have some advantages over the North American tendency to worry a lot about the future, to the point of not quite noticing the joys of the present! (Mea culpa, and one thing I do like about being here.)

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