Yet another goddamned bike blog. Except I'm not pretty.
posted by Jennifer @ 10:59 AM
The Economist says (http://www.economist.com/node/16636101) it's an astonishing 45% of rail freight by volume, 23% by value.You raise an excellent point. Phasing out coal is going to free up a lot of railroad space.
Or, if we continue to rely on fossil fuels and go with some of those crazy gasification plans, rail transport becomes an important bottleneck for coal and everything else we transport by rail.On the other hand, wind and solar power generation means thousands of miles of new power distribution networks. You still need to get the power from the prairie into the city
But once the powerlines are up, they stay put. And they don't burn diesel fuel, either.
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