Mexican Wall Vs China Tunnel
by Jim Flynn on Nov 28, 2016
If Mexico can pay for a wall, why shouldn’t China be allowed to pay for a tunnel? There is a rising groundswell of belief among building trades workers that the best way to a secure, prosperous future, is to invest in transportation and energy infrastructure. They feel that the U.S. must join the rest of the world in the frantic effort to connect the world communities by rail. An economic alliance called BRICS, whose member nations are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been formed. Their priority: Peace and Prosperity Through Economic Development. It includes a firm commitment to connect all the member nations by rail. The US, Canada and Mexico are invited to participate as members. How can they do it, connect all the continents by rail?
Rail traffic through the Bering Strait Tunnel physically connecting the planet by rail is coming. That little beam of light in your imagination is the idea of an electrified-rail train coming at you from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. You are at an isolated rail depot in Alaska a hundred miles below the Arctic Circle. Coming directly at you is the light of a train passing through the 120-mile-long tunnel, referred to as the New Silk Road Tunnel, enroute North Bend WA, Los Angeles CA and points South.
- Europe, Africa and Asia have been connected by rail for the last decade via the Euro-Asian Land-Bridge in Turkey. Russia is now connected with the standard rail dimensions eliminating a cargo transfer bottleneck.
- Both China and Russia have offered to help develop a Bering Strait Tunnel, Land Bridge or combination. China has offered to pay the entire 450 billion estimated cost, asking only US and Canada cooperation.
- Significant savings in energy cost and fossil fuel use will be realized. Electricity from non-fossil fuel energy sources to power the rail system will offer significant savings in energy costs and the elimination of toxic emissions.
Consider the added safety and security due to the reduced number of container moves. A move consists of an operator, using a piece of equipment designated for the purpose, who transfers the container from one transport media to another. That is, from the Point of Origin, containers move from rail to truck, truck to ship, ship to truck, truck to rail to destination. Each move of a container costs $125.00. Imagine a new Chinese mega container ship carrying 9000 forty foot containers. That is a lot of 125s. With the new system, we go from Point of Origin to Destination, untouched and unmoved. Roughly 300,000 container loads get shipped each day globally according to estimates from IHS.
The US hangs suspended trying to overcome a financial meltdown. The same political party that is in power now opposed the Obama administration’s surrey into High Speed Rail and the New Silk Road hasn’t even come under the scrutiny of the government. We must make it change. New Construction is the cornerstone of our economy, it always has been. Our Building Industry has always been the leading indicator of economic performance.
It will take a populist movement to get this started. When you hear the rumblings, all aboard, towards a prosperous future.
Do you think the Bering Strait Tunnel will help the US economy? Your comments are welcome.<>
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If Mexico can pay for a wall, why shouldn’t China be allowed to pay for a tunnel? There is a rising groundswell of belief among building trades workers that the best way to a secure, prosperous future, is to invest in transportation and energy infrastructure.