24 Aug '11, 4pm

Now Sarah Palin will be able to say she can drive to Russia from her house.

Ever since Tsar Nicholas II, Russians have dreamed of connecting Siberia to North America via a rail tunnel. Now, apparently, the Kremlin has green-lighted the connection, which would be the world's longest, and twice as long as the England-to-France "Chunnel." Not only would the tunnel allow easy passage of freight from Europe to North America, it could also provide a conduit for electricity, allowing a continent-spanning smart grid. The project's enormous price tag will no doubt be a barrier, but that hasn't stopped engineers from projecting that the connection could carry up to 3 percent of the world's freight and pay for itself in seven years. For that to happen, I guess they'll mostly be transporting gold bars ? Bonus: now Sarah Palin will be able to say she can drive to Russia from her house.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-24-russia-to-build-100-...

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