The Bering Strait is
the point where Russia and the US are at their closest. The Strait runs
between Siberia and Alaska and the distance between the two continents
is only about 65 miles at the Strait. This was one of the places during
the Cold War when tensions between Russia and the US were at their
highest that saw the militaries of both countries at the ready in case
one or the other attacked.
With the Cold War long behind us, a new plan to connect Russia and
the US via a long railway tunnel underneath the waters of the Bering
Strait has been green lighted. The project is projected to cost $10 –
$12 billion for the 65-mile long tunnel construction alone with the
complete project expected to run in the $65 billion range. The tunnel is
expected to take about 15 years to complete and when finished it would
allow travel by rail from London all the way to New York City.
The thought of one of those high-speed trains zipping you across the
world is very interesting. One of the most interesting notions of the
tunnel is the commerce it would allow with the ability to transport
millions of pounds in goods between Europe and the US each year by rail,
which is the cheapest way to transport all sorts of goods today. The
tunnel will use wind power and tidal power along the length and that
power generated could be shot back to Europe and the US. [viaSlashGear and Inhabitat]
Now the question is how much do you think the Russians can get the broke America tax payer to invest? Another question might be will any future trade agreement be with these deals. Many in America have complained of the NAFTA Superhighway and how it is being built with Mexican labor. What would the labor agreement be on the Alaska side of the tunnel?