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United Press International – Russia floats tunnel to U.S. idea

April 22, 2007

Russia floats tunnel to U.S. idea

MOSCOW April 20 (UPI) — Russia has unveiled a plan for a 64-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait to link it with North America at a cost of more than $1 billion per mile.

Maxim Bystrov, deputy head of Russia’s agency for special economic zones, said it would be “a business project, not a political one,” the Times of London reported Friday.

The concept is that the $65 billion tunnel would allow for a high-speed railway line, energy links and a fiber optic cable network, the report said.

Proponents say it would repay construction costs by generating up to 100 million tons of freight traffic each year, as well as supplying oil, gas and electricity from Siberia to the United States and Canada.

Russian Railways is considering the construction of a route from Pravaya Lena, south of Yakutsk, to a 1,300-mile line from Cape Prince of Wales, in western Alaska, to Fort Nelson, British Columbia.

Critics claim Alaska has its own large oil reserves and China’s huge market was closer and more lucrative.

Source: United Press International – NewsTrack – Top News – Russia floats tunnel to U.S. idea

I case you can’t tell . . . the Bering Strait project is a favorite of mine.  Come here and you’ll hear about the lastest developments on this project. 

Now, to respond to the critics.

  • Multiple pathways for vital resources to flow between countries is good
  • The prospect of greater cooperation between East and the West is pregnant with possibilities

What do you think?

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