World Peace through World Development, 
with LaRouche's Eurasian Land-Bridge Development Project


Canada, the Gateway for the Americas
to the Eurasian Land-Bridge

 

Without the Bearing Strait rail tunnel connection the Americas will remain effectively isolated isolated from the greatest development region in the world, the vast Eurasian continent and the continent of Africa. The potential new markets and resources that these development regions promise to open up in an expanding global economy will most certainly have an explosive impact on intercontinental trade. Efficient transportation between the continents will therefore play a vital role in the near future as the development and trade potentials are realized.

Presently, trade between the continents is carried by marine traffic with transit times measured in weeks, rather than days, to say nothing about intermodal loading and unloading of freight that adds further to transit delays and inefficiency. In addition, with the availability of cheap nuclear power that modern reactor designs have brought within reach, the transcontinental freight traffic could be powered cleanly with electrical energy which is an ideal energy form for high speed train systems, such as magnetically elevated trains.

Canada is ideally situated by its geography to benefit economically from the intercontinental rail network. It is centrally located between the huge population centers of Asia, and the major population centers of the Americas. 

The Bering Strait tunnel that would connect Asia and America for this project is totally feasible, with a length of 52 Km, connecting two islands along the way. The type of rock it would pass through is said to me more ideal for tunnel construction than that for the tunnel across the English channel.

There is little doubt that this project will be built, because of the economic benefits to be derived from it. The only question that remains is whether we will see it being build in our lifetime, and that depends on whether we want to experience the benefits of it, which governs our determination to build the project. Canada certainly would benefit greatly.

Where Do We Get The Money From
 To Pay For Great Infrastructure Projects?

Rather than being largely isolated from the rest of the world, by its geography, Canada will find itself located at the very center of it. It becomes the key gateway for world trade with potentially, as yet unimaginable, benefits for its economy and the economies it becomes linked to.

The Eurasian Land-Bridge development concept, itself, as put forward by the American Economist, Scientist, and Statesman Lyndon H. LaRouche jr. includes more than just a transportation avenue. It is perceived as a transportation, communications, and supply systems backbone for the local development of the surrounding regions throughout the world. (see The Global Dimensions of the Eurasian Land-Bridge )

Lyndon LaRouche's Eurasian Land-Bridge development proposal is a tremendously far reaching one that touches literally the whole world. It presents a viable solution for the revitalization of the world-economy that is presently rapidly collapsing. Naturally, the core element of the global development is the Eurasian Land-Bridge itself. However, the technology and industrial inputs into an infrastructure development project on the envisioned scale, will tax all available productive capacities wherever they exist in the world. Consequently, the North American infrastructure development becomes an economic necessity for both Canada and the USA, to be able to utilize the rapidly growing development opportunities in the Eurasian and African world, for advancing our own development.

Perhaps the biggest incentive for the intercontinental rail lines is their function as a backbone that supports economic development all along their route in every country that becomes thereby linked to the global net. This principle, or course, applies to Canada as well, to unlock its development potential that has barely been recognized.

Whether LaRouche's proposal for global economic development becomes realized in our lifetime depends on how seriously we are interested creating a greater prosperity for ourselves than we presently have. One thing is certain, the potential economic benefits from creating a global rail transportation network are so enormously huge that the network of this type will be created. The only thing that remains uncertain for us, is whether we want to see the existing potential realized in our lifetime.

The main critics insist that any development on this scale is too expensive. Indeed, it has become too expensive to support life these days, that's why the world economy is collapsing and people are dying because of it. The fact is, the resources to create these far reaching economic infrastructures lie not in money, but in ourselves, in the productive capacity of human labor and human ingenuity. Money is only required as a facilitator to unlock this capacity. For this reason, whatever is required can be created. This consideration turns the table, and makes large scale development projects not unaffordable, but totally essential for the economic well being of society and the ultimate enrichment of humanity as a whole. (see: Where Do We Get The Money From To Pay For Great Infrastructure Projects?)


Below is an interview published with Dr. Hal B. H. Cooper, a transportation consultant based in Seattle, who had done extensive work on the intercontinental rail feasibility study, including research for the Bering Strait tunnel project. The above map is a sample of 29 maps presented in his 50 page paper titled, Project Development Proposal for an Integrated Energy, Water, Transportation, and Communication Corridor between Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 States." 

 

Bring the Land-Bridge to America:
From Bering Strait to Tierra del Fuego

INTERVIEW: H.A. COOPER - Oct. 4, 2001

 

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