Bering Strait Tunnel project was proposed by Lyndon H. LaRouche as a part
of his historic announcement of the Eurasian
Land Bridge Development Proposal it in 1997. It was proposed as a key element to efficiently
connect the Eurasian economic engine with the economic engines of the
Americas, as a transportation backbone for world development.. It was one of the most far-reaching economic development
projects ever devised. Some elements are already coming on line in Europe
and Asia. However, with a dozen years lost and the economies of the world
fast collapsing, the point has come at which the Bering Strait portion
of the project has became obsolete as a frontline economic driver.
The world is facing a physical and economic collapse-crisis resulting from its destroyed
industrial potential, which is no less dangerous than the nuclear-war
danger had been in the 1980s. It appears that the key-principles of the
LaRouche-authored SDI policy of the 1980s need to be applied to the modern
crisis and be combined with the intercontinental-bridge concept, as well as all the other LaRouche-promoted economic
principles, and that these be advanced to a higher-level implementation
that reflects more fully that anti-entropic nature of the Universe and its
(see video: )
(LaRouche) principles are:
- The development
of new physical principles that are an order of magnitude more
- The application
of high-density-high-temperature nuclear power processes.
- The principle of
automated industrial production to multiply the productive potential
of human labor.
- The integrated
development of Africa as an element of world-development.
- The recognition
of the climate-reality that the global warming hype was invented to
following list presents the 5 major 'flash'-points for which the Bering Strait Tunnel
will likely not be implemented.
project is NOT built on new physical principles by which its implementation
would be orders of magnitude more efficient.
project's implementation is NOT build on the principle of automated
industrial production that multiplies the productive capacity of the human
project is NOT a key science-driver for high-intensity nuclear power
project does NOT put Africa and South America at the crossroads of world
project does NOT have an inherent long-term lifespan due to the near-term
resumption of Ice Age climatic conditions, unless we become serious with
implementing the advanced climate control measures that the principles of
the universe appear to offer. (See: No
Ice Age Allowed - we can block it )
A proposal for a world-link that has none of the above flaws.
projects are hugely 'expensive' in terms of unrealized potentials.
is a big wealth-building project with great potential
The proposal is for building an intercontinental floating bridge linking Florida, Morocco, and Brazil as a key project for world
development. Numerous extensions will invariably follow.
first stage would involve building a floating-bridge 7000 km long for a
high-speed rail link between the USA and Africa, made of liquid-cast basalt.
The logistics and technologies exist for a functioning bridge to
be constructed in three years after the required industrial
infrastructures are created.
provide a platform of new
physical principles with the potential to be an order of magnitude
more efficient in housing construction,
industrial construction, and general manufacturing, and of course large
scale civil structures. Basalt
is an ideal building material. It is non-corrosive; non-abrasive with a
hardness just short of diamonds; strong, if not stronger than steel, with
a tensile strength equal to glass fibers; and it is infinitely abundant.
The U.S. Pacific Northwest, all by itself, has 175,000 cubic kilometers of
it. It exists in surface deposits. It is process-ready as it sits on the ground.
No pre-processing is required. It melts at 1200 degrees. It also has an extreme fine-grain consistency
that allows it to be extruded into
fibers of any size, including micro-fibers. It has wide potential uses for the production of robes,
insolating bats, floatation foam, pipes, pressure cast structures, modular
housing units, modular industrial units, etc.. Large scale
application of basalt technology promises to open up a whole new world in
construction an industrial processes, including the building of cities and
bridges, highways and railways.
A supply-flow of 50000 tons of basalt per hour over
a three-year construction period would likely suffice to fully construct a
functioning transportation link between the USA and Africa. Once this kind
of process gets going, we would most likely see numerous secondary links
opening up, linking Africa into the heart of Europe and Asia.
- How do we measure
such large-scale projects? Do we measure the cost,
or do we measure the potential value that the created physical processes can provide?
proposed project would be implemented with fully automated, large scale industrial
production methods. The casting processes that would be involved for the
modular units, would
become the technology driver for truly revolutionary advances in the production of
houses and housing units, with a cost-effectiveness so great that the houses
can be given away as a social project for the cultural redevelopment of
society itself. The bridge project would demand a scale of efficiency in
production that would assure this kind of revolutionary fallout in benefits.
The fallout all by itself would cause a
revolutionary cultural uplift that would create a renaissance in living all across
the world, together with an equal revolution in production methods that are
not even possible on a lesser scale.
Housing Crisis to Housing Revolution
- Is universal free housing
The intercontinental-bridge proposal would also serve as a key-driver for the
mass production of the High Temperature Nuclear Reactor technology and the associated heat-pump technologies
that are needed for the direct
application of the nuclear reactor heat to high temperature industrial processes, such as are required
for melting basalt and for the melting of steel, both of which are
presently highly inefficient.
The uranium powered High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) delivers a heat output in the range
between 700 to 900 degrees. The thorium powered Molten Salt Thorium
Reactor, also called the Liquid Florid Thorium Reactor (LFTR)
which has been successfully tested for over five years, delivers 500 degree
process heat, and has a near infinite fuel resource available.
application of ceramic heat pumps, using the heat from these reactors,
extremely high process temperatures of up to
2000 degrees are readily attainable -- far more than what is needed to melt steel, glass, and
basalt. All of this readily possible. Modern high-temperature ceramics remain
strong and stable up to the 2000 degree range (with a melt-point at
3,400 degrees). Nothing further is needed that we don't already have, to make direct
application of nuclear power to high-temperature processes, such as basalt
processing, a reality.
The HTGR, and especially
the LFTR technology, promise to become the chief power source in the near future. It is this not
because it is the most efficient way to produce electric power and
desalinated water with the safest technology yet devised. Rather it is
poised to become the power source of the future, because it
enables the direct application of nuclear power to high-temperature
industrial processes, such as steel, glass, and basalt production, for which has not yet been
utilized to the present day.
Right now, 40% of the
world's steel is produced in electric-arc furnaces. This means that a
power plant's heat is converted to mechanical power first, which activates turbines, which is then
converted to electric power that is ultimately converted back to heat.
If each step is 50% efficient, the overall efficiency of the process is a mere
12.5%. In comparison the direct application of high-temperature heat from
the nuclear reactor would be 100% efficient (slightly less in practice).
The resulting process does not only make steel production more efficient,
but enables technologies to be implemented that are not possible otherwise.
The resulting increase in efficiency is
evidently the reason why Lyndon LaRouche places great emphasis on the HTGR-technology
Only one thing remains: A big driver is needed to get the energy-breakthrough
implemented and the reactors mass-produced.
bottom line is that everything
that we would need to build the intercontinental bridge is plentifully at
hand. We have infinite stores of materials sitting on the ground unused.
We have infinite power resources of the least expensive kind, which is
nuclear power, likewise sitting unused in the ground. We have the
high-temperature technologies sitting unused on the drawing board. What
more would we need? The construction work itself would be so highly repetitive that it
itself perfectly to extensive automated production.
across the oceans, once built, would provide
a level platform that is ideal for high-speed transport, light or heavy.
The platform would also serve as a carrier of
intercontinental pipelines and communications cables. In addition, the bridge would
offer residential living spaces along its 14,000 kilometers 'seafront' and
offer potentials for vast new industries in fish farming.
The point is that a
strong commitment to the now available High Temperature Nuclear Reactor technology has the potential to create a renaissance
beyond the traditional scale. Mankind has so far never allowed itself to
experience the benefits from large scale power development. A commitment
to this type of advanced power development would open many doors. It
appears that to get the ball rolling a
large Apollo-type project will be needed to generate the required breakout
of society from its present rut. In this
sense the proposed intercontinental bridge could serve as a powerful seed
kernel that could radically, culturally uplift mankind with advanced production
and construction processes all over the world.
who is afraid of nuclear power?
(Allow me to demonstrate that nuclear
power is as natural as apple pie! In fact, you already live by it.)
The proposed intercontinental-bridge project would, as the most important
aspect of it, put Africa at the center of the world-development
process. It would make Africa the crossroads junction between the American industrial
engines, the European industrial engines (via the Gibraltar Tunnel), and the Asian industrial engines.
Of course it is no longer optional, really, for Africa to be put at the crossroads of world-economic development.
It has become vital
for the survival of much of mankind that this be done.
Africa - a dialog. --
The economic development of Africa is more than vital now for the health of the
whole of mankind, and it will be
especially vital in the near term when the Ice Age transition begins.
Towards this end, the proposed intercontinental bridge is a necessity of great
a direct bridge from the USA to Africa would enable efficient high speed transport of heavy
commodities, such as fresh agricultural products, urgently needed
machinery, construction materials, sensitive chemical products, and so on.
The bridge would enable many kinds of intercontinental transports that are
possible at all, for them being impractical by air and too long in duration by
sea. Apart from that, air and sea transports are both inefficient forms of transportation as the transport
carry its own fuel. (see: Comparison)
literally, the future of
mankind is at stake here. Having Africa at the center of the development
stage makes the recovery of mankind possible. But who will carry the torch?
The proposed intercontinental bridge is also acknowledging the evident need to create a long-term backbone for
the kind of worldwide integrated
transportation infrastructure that would not be climate sensitive,
regardless of the presently uncertain timing of the the coming Ice Age transition. It would
in addition have
the potential to open the door to long-term political and economic
cooperative relationships between the nations globally. Also it would take the sting out
of the global warming hoax and replace it with the much needed awareness that we do live
after all in the Pleistocene Ice Age that has has been the stage of the
world for the last two million years, which we need to prepare for at the
present time. And we are all affected by the coming Ice Age, all of us
together, with no exception.
proposed transportation backbone (with the land lines not shown here)
would extend across the entire New Temperate Zone that becomes
increasingly vital for the entire world as the food supplier until indoor agriculture can
take over, and this hopefully before outdoor agriculture becomes totally
disabled by the radically cooler climates.
the New Temperate Zone (indicated below) will surely shrink in size, especially for agriculture,
as the ice age transition unfolds, it won't shrink far enough to disable the proposed intercontinental
links, while it would rapidly disable the arctic link via a Bering Strait
of proposal that is put forward here is essential for the necessary task of pulling the world out of
its present economic rut where mankind is drowning in pessimism in the face
of a global economic collapse on a scale of historic proportions, occasioned
by the natural bankruptcy of the private imperial monetarism that is ruling
the world against the background of society's reluctance, or perceived
impotence, in establishing itself competent self-government. Fortunately, we
have no cause for pessimism.
of the New Law
See: Breaking the chokehold of
Flood Tides... A look below the surface of the
Lyndon LaRouche movement, a cultural universal movement.
Flood Tides... part 2 - The dimension of
Lyndon LaRouche's leadership, a 'majority of one' in movement.
by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) Website
Nothing but a clean break with the suicidal policies of monetarism, as
LaRouche has proposed with the HBPA
policy of 2007, is now sufficient to enable the world development on the scale
that is needed. Financing the proposed project is easy on the platform of the credit society
principle that the USA was founded on, as
LaRouche has repeatedly pointed out, presenting its historic background in the
American System of political economy.
With the above
proposed Florida-to-Africa floating bridge being
totally achievable on the basis of the already existing and historically demonstrated principles, the
construction of the bridge will happen sooner or later. The
question for us today is: do we want to experience the vast potential
benefits that such a project puts within our reach? Indeed, the floods of money that were poured into the
bank-bailout schemes from 2008 onward, which have afforded no benefit to society
whatsoever, and never will,
would likely have paid for the Florida-to-Africa floating bridge several
times over by now, including the infrastructures required for its
construction. In fact, the project wouldn't cost anything in real terms, considering the vast secondary economic and technological benefits to
society that always flow from such a project on a scale that is barely imaginable.
It is insane to measure the creative and productive power of society, and
its application, in terms of cost, when this power and its application is
the only wealth producing engine that society has. Projects on this scale
should be measured by their benefit instead of cost. Cost only becomes a
consideration when no benefits are associated with an expenditure, such as
by throwing the nation's wealth into the bank-bailout bottomless pit.
terms the pursuit of the proposed Florida-to-Africa floating bridge may
ultimately be unavoidable as a basis for inspiring
renewed cultural optimism in society on a platform similar to the Apollo Moon
Landing project, though going beyond it. "We are doing this not because it is easy, but
because it is hard," President Kennedy had said. Of course, cultural
optimism doesn't actually flow from leading edge projects for the mere
reason that they are hard to do. It flows from these projects because
they are the human thing to carry out. This uplifting humanizing effect is especially
needed, and pronounced for its effect, in times of a great
crisis. President Kennedy had evidently understood this. The Cold War
presented such a crisis then. Cultural optimism unfolded in the
Kennedy Years with society's large-scale
self-development. It opened new horizons. Both factors are still valid. We need a lot of these at the
present world-stage where the global financial and economic house is breaking down
and has already largely disintegrated.
It appears that the Bering Strait
Tunnel proposal, which would have been a great project at the time it was proposed
and would be implemented by now, appears increasingly too small in the light
of today's larger crisis. Also, by it having been delayed for too long, it
has become potentially too-short-term now in its projected usefulness
considering the now possible Ice Age transition in the not-too-distant
future. This makes the arctic route development an inefficient project to serve as the needed driver for
the long-term integrated worldwide economic
development program. Another inefficient factor would be that it wouldn't
have Africa at its center.
At the present stage
nothing short of a bold project that incorporates all of LaRouche's advanced
principles, with pioneering drivers acting on several
fronts simultaneously, will likely be sufficient to pull the world out of the
deep rut that the sewer of empire has become, which the nations now have tied
their fate to, which literally spells doom for the vast majority of mankind
if this link is not broken.
We need to dramatically redevelop the world that has already collapsed below the level
that is needed to maintain the present world population. The self-rescue effort
that world now needs, needs to be based on
the Westphalia-type principle of the intentional harmonizing of all
interests throughout the world and for all people that make up our Universal
Humanity, with Africa being fully integrated, reversing the trend by which
the games of empire have so far kept Africa underdeveloped and isolated. The time has come to step away from a world being
based on the rule of monetarist power, mired in the democracy of mediocrity,
as we have it today.
likely not possible to possible to supercede the rule of empire without replacing it
with a bold renaissance proposal that is a thousand times better and has a
renaissance potential on many fronts simultaneously. It is never enough to
take the house down that mankind has become accustomed to live in, without
offering a radically better one, and one that has the potential to capture
the imagination of the whole world with a cultural optimism similar, but greater in scope, than
the Apollo Moon Landing project of the 1960s. And the timing has to be
timing of the project
I believe the above proposal
can meet all of the critical criteria that LaRouche has pioneered over the
years. The resulting dynamism may even enable the Bering Strait
Tunnel project to be implemented in the flow of the world-development renaissance,
though it won't likely happen without it.
F. Witzsche - author and researcher