Drug Trade

  • The illegal drug market in the U.S is one of the most profitable in the world

  • According to the U.S Customs Service, 60 million people enter the U.S on more than 675,000 private flights

  • Another 6 million come by sea and 370 million by land

  • Drug traffickers hide marijuana,cocaine, and heroin in the 400 million tons of cargo that enter the Unite States

  • Criminal groups from South America have been smuggling drugs into the U.S since the 1970's, along with their distribution to the mid-western part of the country, they are attempting to expand into the eastern U.S markets

  • Southeast and Southwest Asia smuggle heroin into the U.S, and use New York City as a major port of distribution

  • Today Mexico's drug traffickers are the center of this hemispheres drug trade, and the center of the trading has switched from Columbia to the United States

  • This picture breaks down how the drug trade works, Mexico receives illegal guns, and then export illegal drugs, and are paid

  • The U.N estimates that the drug lords are in control of a $142 billion a year business in cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs

  • The new power of the cartels developing in Mexico has cause a great increase in violence around the U.S-Mexico border, where cartels attack both Mexican and U.S authoritiesdrugspeopleuse.gif
  • This chart shows the use, and trade of illicit drugs coming into the U.S

U.S Dependency on Oil

  • The United States is the largest oil importer in the world, bringing in 12.1 million barrels


  • The united states hold 5% of the worlds population and has 25% of the world’s oil consumption

  • The oil extraction rate is reaching nearly 1,000 barrels per second

  • America spends more than $200,000 per minute on foreign oil and nearly 13 million per hour

  • Alternative energy sources are too expensive, and not very cost effective, some ideas of solutions are decades away

  • The use of pure ethanol is not practical because 11 acres of corn is only enough for one automobile per year

  • If we wanted to use ethanol in all vehicles, we would have to cover about 97% of our land with corn


  • Interdependent- mutually dependent; depending on each other

  • Today, China and the United States see each other as the strongest to their power in the 21st century

  • Both China and the U.S have had an increase of economic interdependence in the past 25 years

  • U.S influence has decreased in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa due to the interdependent relationship with China

  • China has gained an advantage in economic power in recent years, due to the U.S's purchase of Chinese exports and expanding private business ties

Globalization and Multinational Corporations

Globalization- to make a company or business publicly accessible to the hole world


  • Globalization is the interaction of people, companies, and governments of different nations that is driven by international trade and investment

  • The process of globalization has many different effects including environment, culture, and political systems

  • The idea of globalization has been around for a while, one of the first hints of globalization was in 1914 during the first world war

  • Today's wave of globalization is driven by policies that have opened economies both domestically and internationally

  • Technology is another principal in today's globalization, advancements have transformed economic life dramatically

Multinational Corporations- a corporation that manages production or delivers services in more then one country.

  • For Example- Wall-Mart, Exxon mobil, General motors, Toyota motors, Chevron

  • Supporters of multinational corporations say they create jobs and increase wealth and technology in countries that need such development