"A Tunnel to Peace?" Russians to Present Bering Strait Tunnel Project to G8 This Week

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>"A Tunnel to Peace?" Russians to Present Bering Strait Tunnel Project to G8 This Week</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)--"It would be the next big project to bring the world together," says a retired Alaska newspaper publisher, reporting new details of how the Russians and some Americans, will be presenting theto the G8 summit in Heiligdamm, Germany, this week.</p><p>In an op-ed entitled "A tunnel to peace? Bering Strait tunnel advocates to make pitch at G8 summit," published in the June 3 <em>Juneau Empire,</em> the former publisher of the <em>Ketchikan Daily News</em> , Lew Williams Jr., says that tunnel supporters will be asking the G8 for $120 million to sponsor a feasibility study of the "World Link, a tunnel and rail lines that help unite four of the world's six continents."</p><p>Williams writes that representatives of Russia's Council for the Study of Productive Forces have been assigned to American's Interhemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel & Rail Group (IBSTRG), which will become an international nonprofit corporation under Alaska law. "The Russian group brings to IBSTRG the energy of a strong successful organization," Williams writes. "The Council for the Study of Productive Forces is credited with creating the 5,500-mile Trans-Siberian Railway 100 years ago."</p><p>As, the Council for the Study of Productive Forces (SOPS) is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and was a prime sponsor of the April 24 "Megaprojects of Russia's East" conference on building the Bering Strait tunnel.</p><p>Williams notes that promoters of the the tunnel project, which is estimated to cost $65 billion, says it could repay its construction cost in 15 years.</p></div></body>