by Rich Peterson
Tourism: Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism projects 52 million visitors in 2012. The Tourism Ministry expects a boost from interest in the end of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. If the Ministry of Tourism is right, that would shatter the previous record of 22.6 million set in 2011. Hopefully nobody’s too disappointed when the world doesn’t come to a cataclysmic end.
Energy: Mexico needs it, too. According to Reuters, the United States and Mexico have signed an agreement regarding deep sea oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, estimates that 58 percent of it’s potential oil resources are in deep water in the Gulf.
In better news, the Mexican Wind Energy Association has set a goal to generate 15 percent of Mexico’s electricity by 2020. If alternative energy is to really make a difference, it really has to be a worldwide effort. This is a positive sign, if not an official proclamation.
Deportes: Jose Canseco signs with the Tigers! The Quintana Roo Tigers! The 47 year-old slugger is more famous for a home run bouncing off of his head, defrauding a boxing promoter with his twin brother as an accomplice, and tattling on all the other juicers of the so-called “Steroid Era” than he is for his 1988 AL MVP award. Oh, to be in the bleachers in Quintana Roo hurling Spanish insults at the bum . . .