Schiller Institute Presents Maglev Proposal to Danish Parliament
April 12, 2007 (LPAC)-- With the United States and World economy on the verge of collapse, the Schiller institute of Denmark presents a powerful presentation on what nations can do to participate in an U.S. led worldwide Economic Reconstruction. The speech, translated from Danish, was delivered as followed;
Speech by Tom Gillesberg, Chairman of the Schiller Institute in Denmark to the Danish Parliament's Traffic Committee
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Greetings. I am Tom Gillesberg, Chairman of the Schiller Institute in Denmark.
Firstly, I would like to thank the Traffic Committee for receiving our delegation with so short notice. (fn1)
In the summer of 2006, the Schiller Institute published a 50,000-run campaign newspaper (fn2), where we proposed building a magnetic levitation (maglev) line between Copenhagen and Århus, across the Kattegat Sea, which would reduce the travel time between Denmark's two largest cities to 25 minutes. That ought to be the first part of a Danish high-speed train network. This proposal garnered a lot of press coverage a couple of weeks ago. (fn3)
Such a maglev network ought to be in the Infrastructure Commission and the parliament's plans for future Danish infrastructure, therefore, we are here today to encourage the Traffic Committee to order an official study about this proposal.
A Danish maglev network will later be linked up to an international network, which, in time, will cover Europe from north to south, and reach all the way to Asia's east coast, as proposed by the American economist Lyndon LaRouche, called the Eurasian Land-bridge. Maglev trains are already now in daily use between Shanghai and Shanghai airport, with a top speed of 431 km./hour. (fn4)
A maglev line Århus-Copenhagen, across the Kattegat Sea, should be built now because:
1. If the travel time between Denmark's two largest cities is reduced to 25-40 minutes, that will create a cohesive economic unit, and we will be able to harvest large economic benefits, due to the increase of the population density. As the öresund Bridge (between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden.) has already shown, through the integration of Malmö and Skåne (the region Malmö is in), in the economic life of the capital city (Copenhagen). The effect of connecting Copenhagen and Århus, will be a lot bigger than that, in terms of the economy, as well as in relation to jobs, research, education, health and culture. The rise in traffic that occurred after the Great Belt Bridge (between the Danish island of Funen, and the Jutland mainland), will be surpassed many times by this new connection. Afterwards, the connection ought to be extended to Aalborg, and developed into a national high-speed network.
2. With a technological leap to maglev, trains will be faster, easier and cheaper than cars, and, therefore, train traffic will really become competitive. Because of the high speed, a maglev network will also have an almost unlimited capacity, which will reach far into the future. Maglev trains also have low energy usage, beneficial to the economy.
3. A European maglev network is faster and more economic for society than planes, and will bring us closer to the other European cities. The maglev is also well suited to freight traffic.
If the Danish economic activity and flexibility are to be upgraded by this new technology, it won't be (by financing the project) through user fees, but through the expansion of the national capital budget, in order to finance the construction of such a network, just as the state paid for the existing Danish infrastructure. The American economist Lyndon LaRouche has described this important aspect of the development of infrastructure, as the necessity of making a national capital budget, in an article to the U.S. Congress, with the title, "What the Congress Must Learn: The Lost Art of the Capital Budget." (fn5)
The effect of national investments in this type of basic infrastructure, will be multiplied many times over, during the next 50 years, due to the increased economic activity, mobility and productivity which will be created in the economy. In the case of user-fee-financing, the ticket price will be too high, and the beneficial economic effects for the society will be lost.
In the short-term, it seems like it would be crazy to use so much of the state's money on the project, but in the long-term (30-50 years), is crazy not to do it. And, the sooner we build it, the sooner we will get positive results.
At the same time, the investments in basic economic infrastructure are the best answer to the current threatening economic downturn, and international economic crisis caused by the bursting housing and speculation bubbles -- both in Denmark, and internationally.
Even though this is part of a future European infrastructure (and uses German-designed technology), we can not wait for a German initiative, as is also the case with the Fehmer Belt connection [from Denmark to Germany across the Baltic Sea]. The optimism for the future, which is the result of our positive experience with great infrastructure projects here in Denmark, means that we can lead, and then, later, get the Germans to come along. Both concerning building the Fehmer Belt connection and a maglev network.(fn6)
Asia is not waiting for Europe. China has already built a maglev line, and Russia, China and India have commenced close economic, technological and scientific cooperation. They are already designing new types of nuclear power plants, and similar advanced projects. Russia and China are now cooperating about sending space probes to Mars, and are even discussing a manned mission to the Moon.
If Denmark and Europe are to play a leading role in the future, we must make a technological leap now, which, through scientific and technological progress, will create increased welfare in the future.
[a:href="pages\/youth_movement_files\/articles_lym\/2007\/0412_denmark_maglev_qa.shtml";target=_blank]Q & A posted here.[/a]
---- FOOTNOTES ----
1. The Schiller Institute's initial statement requesting permission to testify before the Traffic Committee and the government's Infrastructure Commission.
2. "Denmark and the Eurasian Land-Bridge," by Poul E. Rasmussen, Schiller Institute campaign newspaper 1, July 2006.
3. Jyllands-Posten's internet newspaper and JP Århus, Berlingske Tidende, Engineer's internet newspaper [a:href="http:\/\/ing.dk\/";target=_blank]ing.dk[/a], TV2/North's homepage, etc.
4. Shanghai Maglev Transrapid Technology", Siemens AG 2001, and 2 video clips [a:href="http:\/\/www.transrapid.de\/de\/medien\/mpegs\/ShAirportLine_EN.htm";target=_blank]www.transrapid.de/de/medien/mpegs/ShAirportLine_EN.htm[/a] and [a:href="http:\/\/www.transrapid.de\/de\/medien\/mpegs\/hochtech_16x9_en.htm";target=_blank]www.transrapid.de/de/medien/mpegs/hochtech_16x9_en.htm[/a]
5. "What Congress needs to learn: The Lost Art of the Capital Budget," by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
6. "Denmark's future role in the world: From Crusaders to Bridge Builders," by Tom Gillesberg, Schiller Institute campaign newspaper 2, December 2006.
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Tom Gillesberg, Chairman, in the middle, spoke about our proposal for a national maglev net, to start with Copenhagen-Århus in 25 min. He appealed to the committe to order a study of our proposal, and encouraged the Danish politicians to lead the way in building this system in Europe. ([a:href="http:\/\/larouchepub.com\/eiw\/public\/2007\/2007_10-19\/2007-14\/pdf\/26-28_714_maglev.pdf";target=_blank]See [/a][a:href="http:\/\/larouchepub.com\/eiw\/public\/2007\/2007_10-19\/2007-14\/pdf\/26-28_714_maglev.pdf";target=_blank]EIR[/a][a:href="http:\/\/larouchepub.com\/eiw\/public\/2007\/2007_10-19\/2007-14\/pdf\/26-28_714_maglev.pdf";target=_blank] article in the next to last issue[/a]) and answered questions. A translation of the discussion afterwards will come later.
[a:href="http:\/\/www.schillerinstitut.dk\/danmark_behoever_magnettog.html";target=_blank]For the background on how this came to be, you can visit the Schiller Institute Danish Website by clicking here. [/a]