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11/24/2008

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"If you build it they will come." I fully agree with this article, but I have a few questions. One is how much will it cost, and what would be the timeline on construction? Now there is no doubt in my mind that the costs of building this gateway will pay for themselves a hundred times over, but with the current ideology of austerity and balanced budgets in the federal government would the conservative government be willing to spend the money for this to be built. Another question is how would the roads, railways and other pieces of infrastructure stay in place, due to the of the melting of the perma-frost every summer turning the ground to mud, which isn't the best place to build a road, would they have to drive piles until they reached pertinent frozen ground or bed rock, or perhaps a floating road? What is Russia doing with its arctic infrastructure?

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