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Russia plans tunnel to link Siberia and Alaska
International Press Tribune ^ | April 18, 2007 | Andrew E. Kramer

Posted on 04/19/2007 2:10:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Russia introduced a plan Wednesday to build a tunnel between Siberia and Alaska under the Bering Strait, saying the $65 billion project could be used to export Russian oil, natural gas and electricity to the United States.

While two officials at the Ministry of Economy endorsed the idea, they made clear that the Russian government had not signed off on it, other than to agree to a study on how to bridge the 93 kilometers, or 58 miles, of icy water that divides the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at their closest point.

Plans for a land link over the strait were first floated in the 19th century and have periodically been revived since; the latest twist is an emphasis on the link's being used for exporting energy and natural resources, the mainstay of the Russian economy.

The Russian national electric company and state railroad endorsed the plan Wednesday, adding a patina of credibility to an idea often dismissed as a colossal waste of money, even if it were found technically feasible.

Earlier justifications for the project, from creating a transportation corridor to building a symbol of political unity between Russia and the United States, have met with little sympathy in either country.

(Excerpt) Read more at iht.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; beringstrait; canada; china; russia; siberia

1 posted on 04/19/2007 2:10:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just put those guys from Massachusetts in charge. They build to Russian specs.


2 posted on 04/19/2007 2:13:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Clintonfatigued

Oh, my God! How much pork would Senator Ted Stevens be able to bring home to Alaska if that idea gets any traction? He would probably propose that the U.S. taxpayers pay for the whole thing.


3 posted on 04/19/2007 2:15:17 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: 1rudeboy

No advanced anti-submarine listening devices will be installed during this project.....nothing to see here, move along.


4 posted on 04/19/2007 2:16:35 PM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Clintonfatigued

As if we don’t have our own gas, oil and electricity. Oh, wait a minute—we can’t drill for our own. Let’s get dependent on the upcoming, new USSR. So they can blackmail us. So we can save ANWR. We will give them the rope....


5 posted on 04/19/2007 2:17:20 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m sure this has nothing to do with the fact that we don’t enforce our own borders, and it would thus allow tens of thousands, or even millions, of “guest workers” to walk right in and do Moscow’s bidding?


6 posted on 04/19/2007 2:32:31 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Abort Rudy.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Russia plans tunnel to link Siberia and Alaska”

Oh do we get a say in the matter?


7 posted on 04/19/2007 2:35:06 PM PDT by Veloxherc (To go up pull back, to go down pull back all the way.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A thread yesterday, and old thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/971011/posts?page=1


8 posted on 04/19/2007 2:35:24 PM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Political considerations aside, it would be interesting to see how the engineering problems of such a project would be overcome.


9 posted on 04/19/2007 2:38:43 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: unkus
Let’s get dependent on the upcoming, new USSR.

Think of it this way--whatever oil and gas we can get them to send us, is just that much more they don't send to China.

10 posted on 04/19/2007 2:41:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Clintonfatigued

Related to this topic (sort of), but really cool:

http://24.237.247.165/straitcam.html

Its a camera of the Bering Strait, taken from the Kingikmiut school in Wales, Alaska.

You can control direction and zoom

You can see Diomede Island (sort of).
I just saw someone go into the house on the left.


11 posted on 04/19/2007 2:58:56 PM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Wales, Alaska is the westernmost point on the continent. The Russian tunnel would connect in Wales.


12 posted on 04/19/2007 3:01:12 PM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Equally cool:

http://www.bssd.org/diocam.html

This is a live view of the strait between Little Diomede Island (US) and Big Diomede Island (Russia). Its a live view of Russia (2 miles away and on the other side of the International date line), and its where the tunnel would have to go over.


13 posted on 04/19/2007 3:09:15 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Zeroisanumber

Yes the cost seems much too low when you consider the location. Some of the coldest, stormiest (coined word) weather in the world there.


14 posted on 04/19/2007 3:25:11 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Clintonfatigued

How cool would it be to take a road trip to Europe. I’d do it.


15 posted on 04/19/2007 3:36:08 PM PDT by Decombobulator
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To: Clintonfatigued

I await the floating bullet train bridge between SF and Hawaii.


16 posted on 04/19/2007 3:40:54 PM PDT by Tax Government (If democrats hated al-qaeda as much as they hate republicans, the war would be won already.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Don’t do it. Not only shall the twain never meet, but in consideration of the Big Dig, the Alaska Dig could cost quadruple.

“The total length would be about twice that of the Channel Tunnel between Britain and the Continent and, according to Razbegin, would cost between $10 billion and $12 billion.”


17 posted on 04/19/2007 3:42:34 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: Decombobulator
How cool would it be to take a road trip to Europe. I’d do it.

Around February with the top down?

18 posted on 04/19/2007 3:43:34 PM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Shoot, we could just sell it back to ‘em...we’d make a nice profit and we could always invade later on : )


19 posted on 04/19/2007 4:08:03 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel ("I am not a number! I am a free tagline!")
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To: RightWhale
"...A thread yesterday, and old thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/971011/posts?page=1..."

This is one of those things that I hope I can live long enough to see happen.

It's just a really damned-nifty engineering thing to do, and, it's really useful too!

It'll be accomplished around 2030 or so, and I might still be around if I can shake that ole song: "Ain't Livin' Long Like This" ............... FRegards

20 posted on 04/19/2007 10:35:34 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: gonzo

I was surprised to learn that the bridge from Alaska to Siberia was considered shortly after the Alaska purchase from Russia at the end of the Civil War. But then, it was equally surprising to learn that the canal connecting the Danube to the Rhine was considered by Charlemagne. Anyway, the former Governor is in Moscow to see about getting this $65 billion project underway. There is still some laughter about the Hickel Highway, but the Alaska Railroad was originally planned to go to the North Slope rather than stop in Fairbanks in the middle of nowhere.


21 posted on 04/20/2007 8:16:28 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: RightWhale
"...I was surprised to learn that the bridge from Alaska to Siberia was considered shortly after the Alaska purchase from Russia at the end of the Civil War. But then, it was equally surprising to learn that the canal connecting the Danube to the Rhine was considered by Charlemagne..."

Massive projects like this always seem to promote understanding and business! The Suez and Panama Canals, the Chunnel, etc., just make things better overall.

But then, I'm an engineer and I like $hit like this .............. FRegards

22 posted on 04/20/2007 12:25:26 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: RightWhale

Funny how some of Hickel’s pipedreams aren’t viewed quite with ridicule today.


23 posted on 04/21/2007 8:15:01 AM PDT by Eska
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To: Eska

Hickel is great, no question. Another good Gov was Cowper, although that sentiment is not popular.


24 posted on 04/21/2007 8:18:53 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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