Are We There Yet?

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Are we there yet? A global transatlantic bridge enabling automobiles passage between the North America and Asia has been set into motion by former Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin. CNN cites a March 23 report in The Siberian Times, stating, “Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country 's eastern border with the U.S. State of Alaska… the shortest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska”; which, according to Alaska Public Lands Information Centers, is approximately 55 miles. According to the Huffington Post, this is not the first time Russia has attempted to make a global transatlantic connection between Alaska and Russia. In fact, the Huffington Post claims just such a plan has been set into motion “at least two” times before. Building the bridge should be considered due to the potentially good effect it could have on the environment. Specifically, the Transportation Energy Data Book states that in order to fly one pound of cargo from Blank to Blank requires 33 times the amount fuel than if it were transported by train. In Blank Blank’s Huffington post article, is he wrong in mocking the bridge enthusiast by saying: “Maybe we 'll just take a plane, after all”, or was he being pragmatic? I do not entirely agree with his rally against the idea, because the benefits associated with the existence of a transcontinental bridge would outweigh the disadvantages. One such

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