maine trade wars

Dirigo!

The Maine Trade Commission has enacted tariffs, initiating trade wars with countries around the world. Seventy nationstates have declared an embargo on coffee in wake of Maine’s recent high tariffs on State of Maine drinks-of-choice — coffee and coffee brandy. These countries have all unfairly colluded with one another to force an unacceptable deal on Maine’s most profitable mining industry.

 

 

 

Maine has historically traded individually with these countries for our most sought-after raw material, precious mineral deposits rarely found in other lands, owing to lack of glacial activity in places such as Brazil and Madagascar. The former country is currently shipping 2,592,000 metric tn. of coffea arabica. Vietnam sends 1,650,000 tn. of robusta, and Columbia ships 13,500,060 kg bags of the best coffea arabica in the world.

These figures are from Wikipedia whose compilers, experts in this field, drink a full gallon (or 3.70 liters) each day. Please use the Wikipedia converter to determine how much Maine is affected by these numbers based on a population–according to latest census estimates–of 1,331,479. Further refine your findings by drink preferred: Coffee: six 1 oz. cups per day per person (including teenagers). Coffee brandy: 36 12 oz. glasses per person on average (including teenagers).

According to Maine.gov:

“The principal resources being extracted from the ground in Maine today are sand, gravel, and crushed stone, referred to collectively as “aggregate.”  Irregular, rough fieldstone or “flat rock” that is used for landscaping projects, may be extracted from glacial deposits or, increasingly, from shallow quarries. There are specific Maine statutes and rules about excavation, mining, and quarrying. Details and links to further information can be found through the Mining page of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and Land Use Standards.”

The Wall Street Journal gives a lot of credence to the value of these massive glacial deposits, in writing about the Seattle Mariners,

“applying nearly as much science to the dirt as they do to the pitching rotation. They demand just the right mixture of sand, clay and silt to provide a smooth, predictable surface—even if that means dirt is no longer dirt cheap.”

Image from maine.gov:

Schematic cross-section of the glacier margin in coastal Maine, showing formation of a moraine ridge where the edge of the ice sheet was in the sea. This moraine consists of till interlayered with sand and gravel washing out of the ice. From Thompson (1982).

One can easily see why we must stand firm as nationstates attempt extortion maneuvers on Maine’s most prolific mineral export. Remember, fellow Mainers and Maineiacs (the GBH belongs to the latter), Maine’s state motto is Dirigo! Translation from the Latin: “I lead!” Also, I guide, or I direct. We need these tariffs, and we will lead the nation! If it means sacrifice, we are ready.

Plans have been afoot to start seedling coffea plants from berries cached before roasting. Landowners with foresight, especially those with massive deposits of sand and gravel beneath their industrial forests, are in process of being first between USA Atlantic and Pacific coasts to grow coffee… on Maine’s lands currently and formerly mined for these precious glacial deposits. If these “soils” can produce blueberries, why not coffee?

Gorry! Once again we lead the nation!!

we lead!

 

Dirigo! Onward!

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