It is a question of Dynamics.
is a project that, when constructed, will break all records. (See an
interactive map of it)
will created the longest and highest manmade river in history, stretching
from Alaska to Mexico, and from the Great Lakes to the Pacific.
river will begin at the largest manmade lake in history, the largest by far
(4.4 billion acre feet). The lake will be created on top of a high plateau of permafrost.
It will be held back by a giant dam, built near the edge of the plateau. The
dam itself will be just a few feet short of double the height of the great
pyramid in Egypt. It will be among the tallest structures in the world,
and not just free standing. It will be holding back a wall of water
900 feet high. And it will be constructed in a country that is frozen 7
months of the year, with temperatures dipping down into -40 to -60 degree
range. When the dam is completed, it will be the second-greatest construction achievement
of all times, superceded only by its sister dam, a dam standing 1,700 feet
tall, at the edge of another plateau, holding back this time a 1,700 foot
high wall of water.
NAWAPA collection dams and reservoirs will no doubt win the price for sheer daring,
as they are to be located in one of the world's most active earthquake
Alaska: 1975 - 1995
area behind the proposed 1,700 foot high dam, the Copper River basin, was
one a lake that has drained away and became covered over with permafrost. It
is unknown, or even unknowable, what the strata is like below the permafrost
and what effect the immense hydraulic pressure of the super-deep reservoir will
have on the substructure once the permafrost melts, considering that deep
earthquake fractures have occurred in this area in the recent timeframe.
NAWAPA plan also wins the price for reversing the historic precedent in nation
building on the railroad principle (the most efficient transportation mode
there is). The USA was born as an efficient nation by its transcontinental
railways, uniting the country economically from the Pacific to the
Atlantic. The NAWAPA plan wins the price as the first infrastructure
project in history that would be cutting an established nation in half.
Canada's economic environment is concentrated in the lower 300-mile band
across the country east to West. The Rocky Mountains have stood as
formidable barrier in the past, but they have been successfully crossed. Now the
NAWAPA project aims to erect an even tougher barrier cutting across
Canada's economic zone. Nothing of this sort, on the scale planned, has
been attempted before.
NAWAPA plan also wins the price for insult - insult to Mexico. Out of 160
MAF/yr for the entire system, Mexico, which has the greatest need and had
its richest agricultural area taken from it by means of clever annexation, in various forms, by
the USA (Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas,
Utah, Florida, Louisiana, and western Colorado, annexed prior and after the
U.S. Mexican War, 1846-48), is being allocated a mere 14 MAF/yr or 8%. This
is an insult when one considers
that a whopping 22 MAF/yr are allocated to power a shipping canal across
the Canadian prairies to extend seaway traffic from the Great Lakes to the
Pacific (which nobody needs in the age of efficient railways, and which
would be frozen up over for half a year). The way Mexico is allocated but
a crumb from the master's table is not the mark of a continental development plan,
but reflects still the old lingering master-to-slave type of relationship.
gigantic Yukon River Reservoir also has the potential effect of putting a lid onto an as-yet unexplored mineral
resource area. For a hundred years the area's rivers and creeks have been dredged
for gold, with large volumes extracted thereby. While the dredging has been shut down, we don't know yet what
resources lay below the surface buried in the permafrost. The particular area
were the great reservoir is to be built (the Klondike area) is a part of the tectonic collision zone where the Alaskan plate is deemed
to have collided with the North American plate after sweeping across a
large stretch of the Pacific during what is called the rapid shock-dynamics displacement
of the continental plates following a very large meteor impact near
today's Madagascar. Alaska became a 'attached' to the continent by this
process that may have been the reason for its rich mineral resource, (see "Alaska").
gold is not a big factor, the process of locking up potential resources is
a big factor. It becomes an effective way to block potential resources (known or suspected) from future
utilization. The process is routinely used to lock up economic resources into
park lands, or to flood the location, or to dedicate it to unproductive
uses. The NAWAPA plans includes a
lot of flooding for very little in return (less than 2 inches of water per
year for the total dry area of the western USA and Mexico). It is also
enormously committed to hydro-electric power development, as for example
the snake river complex of dams that is proposed under the plan, designed to produce 23 GW of power
with the use of high-elevation water resources, to pump up the imported
river to still higher ground to get it across the mountains. The Snake
River resources would thereby become locked
up, and become unavailable for irrigation purposes in the surrounding
high-elevation areas. (Note: The Snake River power proposal has been has
been scrapped two days after this report was published. The new proposal
is to use nuclear power to power the pump lift, which could be
accomplished with 23 nuclear power plants of 1 GW each, which are are much
more easily constructed.)
very commitment (that had been central to the NAWAPA plan) a commitment to
the locking up of water resources for running 'waterwheel games'
(hydro-electric power development) has already defeated the original
NAWAPA plan itself, to a large degree.
Of the planned 160 MAF/yr of divertible water resources, 50 MAF/yr have already
been taken out of the available resources pool, when it became committed
to the giant Peace River hydro-electric power generation, a three-dam
complex. The NAWAPA plan lost a third of its resource that way, inflicted
by the very mythology that it promotes itself. If the evaporation and
subtracted that occurs across the more than three thousand miles of reservoirs
and open aqueducts, less than 100 MAF/yr will likely be available, of
which Mexico would most likely not see a single drop.
NAWAPA plan is a harsh plan by design, also for reasons of its long
construction cycle. The project is designed to yield no end product during
most of its extremely long
construction period (30-50 years). Until all of the construction along the
way is essentially completed, nothing can be expected at the destination. And when
the system is completed and operational, the output of the system is not expandable. It is
designed as fixed-capacity system, with a capacity that is already too
small, and doesn't have the input resources for even that. It would
be far off the mark to meeting the needs in 50 years time when it begins
the NAWAPA plan incorporates a great many key-features that are of a type that would
make H. G. Wells smile (only 7 are listed above). With all that
considered, the project might qualify for the (hypothetical) "Wells
Price for Excellence in Fabianism."
the 1960s plan represents, needs to be compared with what a Franklin Delanor Rooseveltian NAWAPA plan
might look like. It would be designed to uplift the whole of mankind with the USA playing a leading role.
FDR NAWAPA would start perhaps with a small plan of bringing the outflow of the
Columbia River into southern California and northern Mexico via a
submerged 'pipeline' (water flowing in water with minimal separation,
made of glass fibers or basalt fibers,
delivering an average capacity of 194 MAF/yr (The Columbia outflow), and
expandable, motivated and
distributed by pipelines on land with nuclear power driving the
distribution pipeline network.
Desert would bloom in five years with an FDR-type NAWAPA, and all of Mexico with it. And long
before this capacity was used, as soon as the relevant technologies were
fully developed, FDR would have a world system organized with the
cooperation of all nations of the world, that the USA and Mexico would
also benefit from. From then on there would be no limits encountered for
the development dynamics. (See image below)
even the sky would pose a limit them. FDR would have a mission for NASA
with a vast potential, which would be to explore the means for mankind to
become connected into the galactic electric power resource that surrounds
our planet and powers the sun. Before long then, the term NAWAPA would
signify to everyone: infinite electric power.
FDR wouldn't have to sell NAWAPA on this platform. He would only have to
enable the financial credits to be issued worldwide, to have the project
done. He wouldn't even have to mention the Ice Age potential by then,
because it would be fairly obvious then, that with infrastructures on this
infinite scale and with a universal scope, the Ice Age wouldn't pose much
of a challenge whenever it came.
LaRouche sees the original 1960s NAWAPA plan in terms of its mission orientation. Referring
to the project itself, he states. "It is not a practical
project, but rather essential for the survival of human civilization for
many generations to come." (See LPAC-Infrastructure)
A. F. Witzsche
NAWAPA - part 1 - greening the deserts
NAWAPA - part 2 - infrastructures for the Noosphere
an exploration of the 1960s plan
NAWAPA dialog - how to raise it to a higher level?
Wells or FDR
- contrasting orientations
a FDR NAWAPA - how would Franklin Delanor Roosevelt have responded to
- what increases the power of humanity
Infrastructures - the power at hand to snub the Ice Age
Age Collapse - a challenge to mankind to raise its humanist power
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