Published on May 22nd, 2008 | by Max Lindberg

Want to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses by 12 Million Tons A Year? Ship by Rail, Not by Truck, On The Lindberg Report


“Railroads are the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient way to move goods on land.”

Freight trains have evolved over the years, carrying freight in a variety of ways, including taking semi-trailer rigs off the highways and shipping them on flat-cars. If you’re anywhere near a railroad track, you’ll see what are called intermodal trains carrying shipping containers stacked on top of one another, along with trailers and the usual box cars and other forms of equipment.

However, the physical infrastructure in some areas of the country creates a barrier for some railroads who want to stack shipping containers in order to carry more freight.

Such is the dilemma of mid-Atlantic coast rail line CSX, anticipating completion of the Panama Canal Upgrade project. When completed, ships with more than double the capacity of freight containers will be able to make the transition between the two oceans, increasing the amount of goods delivered to and shipped from mid-Atlantic ports.

CSX has launched it’s National Gateway program, a $700 million project to expands the railway’s freight carrying capacity.

I spoke with Mr. Robert Sullivan of CSX, about the project, what it will mean to the mid-Atlantic-Midwest shipping corridor, and to the environment.


I’ve posted a written version of the podcast on Gas2.0

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My home state is Illinois, and my hometown a little railroad/farming community named Galesburg.We lived on a small farm during my high school years and I became very aware of nature and it’s wonders. I loved the out of doors, working with animals, plowing fields and harvesting crops. Those were very good years.After a stint in the Army during the Korean war my broadcasting career took off at the local radio station, a 250 watt “teapot” as it was called in those days. My first job was as an engineer, then the ham came out and I became an announcer/newsman, graduating after several years to a larger market and a stint as a TV journalist/photographer. Cold, wet weather led me to the southwest where I’ve lived for most of the last 40 years, with a couple of years out to have fun working as a private investigator in San Francisco, and a few years working in Las Vegas hotels and casinos. In all, its been a real ride.After retiring a few years back I became fascinated with the efforts being made to find alternative energy sources. I’ve watched our environment deteriorate during my lifetime, and now it’s my chance to join the chorus of intelligent and caring individuals making a difference one day at a time.

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