Railroad Deliveries Continue to Provide the Majority of Coal Shipments to the Power Sector

June 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Railroad Coal Shipments

In 2013, electric power generators consumed 858 million tons of coal, accounting for 93% of all coal consumed in the United States and 39% of electric power generation. Two-thirds of the coal (67%) was shipped either completely or in part by rail.[read more]


Can Switching Heavy Duty Trucks to Rail Transport Reduce Carbon Emissions?

July 14, 2013 by John Miller

HD Trucks and Carbon Reduction

President Obama has included increasing heavy duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards in his recent climate policy speech. Are there more effective alternatives to further reducing heavy duty vehicle transport carbon emissions?[read more]

The Power of One: Union Pacific

December 7, 2010 by Marc Gunther

“The Power of One” is a series of stories about people who have helped their companies become more sustainable. (See earlier stories on UL Environment and eBay.) They can’t do it alone, of course. But by coming up with a good idea, enlisting the help of others and making persuasive arguments, one person can change a company and,...[read more]

Obama Aims to Pull Rail Infrastructure Out of 1970s

October 1, 2010 by Tim Hurst

$50 billion for roads, rails and runways meeting opposition from GOPIf you've ridden a train any time recently in the United States, you've probably noticed that the nation's passenger trains are, by and large, slow, loud and late. Sure, there are regional pockets of decency in the nation's rail infrastructure, but the country's...[read more]

Rail is Green, Like Money

June 3, 2009 by RyanAvent

Reading this post, by Streetsblog’s Sarah Goodyear, reminds me that it’s always good to reiterate that a quality rail system is not primarily about reductions in carbon emissions. Or secondarily. Or tertiarily. That rail is green relative to passenger vehicles or airlines is worth taking into consideration, and I expect that meaningful...[read more]