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Rail freight transportation makes America a low-emissions leader

Richard Campbell writes in The Hill about the importance of America’s rail freight industry.

The C3 Take
  • The U.S. rail system is among the safest and most efficient systems in the world.
  • Rail in the U.S. accounts for less than 2% of transportation sector emissions but transports 28% of freight goods while supporting over 167,000 direct jobs.
  • Lawmakers should recognize the immense economic and environmental benefits of freight rail and push back against legislation that would hamstring the industry through excessive regulations.
  • Hampering U.S. rail could have several unintended environmental consequences and lead to less efficient transportation of consumer goods and critical energy.

“Attempts to quickly find solutions may very well have the effect of driving up costs for freight rail transportation without having any measurable impact on safety, and they could undoubtedly result in a negative impact on U.S. efforts to lower global emissions.”

Read the full article here.

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