10-Year-Anniversary: Trade Problem

For Seeing the Forest’s 10th anniversary I’ll be posting a few of my favorites. Here’s one, from 2005: The Trade Problem

View of San Francisco from Sausalito.

See how this ship is riding high off the water? This ship is loaded with empty containers, bound for China.

Ships come into the port loaded with goods that we buy from China. But China doesn’t buy very much from us. So we have to send ships back loaded with empty containers. (Well almost empty, they’re actually filled with dollars, and jobs, and the future.)