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Bering Strait Project to be Presented to G-8
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Bering Strait Project to be Presented to G-8; 100 Years of Railroad Renaissance,-- Tens of Thousands of Jobs!

June 5, 2007 (LPAC)--"This [the Bering Strait rail and tunnel project] is on President Putin's agenda to talk about at the G-8 summit, and at the summit meeting in Maine that's scheduled in July between President Putin and President Bush," stated an American industrialist, who is a board member of the Interhemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel and Rail Group (IBSTRG) in a discussion May 31. He has gotten a steady stream of information on this from his Russian counterparts. He added, "President Bush may have egg all over his face, because he doesn't have a clue about this."

He continued, "I can see this project, once it's completed, starting a railroad building renaissance worldwide for the next 100 years, as we connect all of the disparate parts of the connectible continents. I think that everybody but Australia is going to be accessible by rail to everybody else on the five continents." He cited the efforts to bridge the Straits of Gibraltar and said, "the Cape [Cape Town, South Africa] to Cairo railroad has been discussed for 150 years, the InterAmerican Railway has been around for 150 years, the TransAsiatic Railway, south of the TransSiberian Railway, is undergoing construction right now. The Asian countries are linking themselves together." All of these projects will be built.

He thinks that the interconnection of rail between the United States and Russia through the Bering Strait will generate much more traffic than is currently projected, and will demand the manufacture of 1,000 new locomotives, 120 multiple unit passenger trains, and 50,000 pieces of freight rolling stock, such as freight cars.

He said that the Russians will go ahead with Far Eastern development, with or without the United States, but that it will be far easier with the United States. He added that in addition to the Bering Strait project's economic benefits, this will make "the United States look way better than it does in the eyes of the world." As well, it is key to "the survival of the world."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his stamp of approval for the IBSTRG to be the entity to coordinate feasibility studies on the Bering Strait Project. The IBSTRG was founded in 1991 in Washington DC, and it is registered in Moscow as well. Victor Razbegin, the associate director of Industrial Research at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MERT), and an organizer of the April 24 Moscow conference on the Bering Strait Project, is a board of director member and Vice President of IBSTRG. On May 18 of this year, the IBSTRG added three more Russians to its board of directors, including Alexander Granberg, of the Council for the Study of Productive Forces, a pivotal organizer of the April 24 event.

Reportedly, the IBSTRG will be asking the G-8 for $120 million to sponsor feasibility studies to construct the Bering Strait project. *

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