History took place last week in Central America. At the shores of Lake Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega met with the CEO of the HKND Group, Wang Jing. Together, they held hands at the water's edge and announced to the world their amazing and stunning plans. (No...they are not having a gay marriage! We just get dramatic at the DUNER BLOG.) The two men told reporters they will begin constructing a new canal next year. It will link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. They dream of a colossal canal that will handle three times the traffic of the silly old Panama Canal.
The first question you're asking yourself is: Do we really need another trans-continental canal? The answer: Yes. Maersk Line is the world's largest shipping-container company. Last year, they began re-routing most of the ships on the Shenzhen / New York route through the Suez Canal. Why? Because the 100-year old Panama Canal is too small and too crowded. Next question: How much will it cost? Estimates are around $40 billion...which actually isn't that much for such a huge undertaking. Although the canal will be three times longer than Panama's...the land is much flatter...so less digging is needed. Actually, Teddy Roosevelt wanted to build the canal in Nicaragua, but couldn't overthrow their government as easily as in Panama / Colombia.
The last question involves the environment. Will the canal impact ecosystems? Of course it will! The main problem involves Lake Nicaragua. The freshwater lake is huge...the largest on North America south of the Great Lakes. Mar Dulce...as the natives call it...is home to a huge variety of plants and animals, including the endangered Nicaraguan Shark. The introduction of salt water, sewage and human pollution would instantly contaminate the world's 19th largest lake. Environmentalist worry something like an accidental oil spill would be catastrophic.
|Lovely Lake Nicaragua.|