Rusty Nelson (“Obsolete technology,” July 10) says that technology should be found to eliminate transporting oil and coal by train. Unfortunately, we do not have that technology yet. Coal and oil will be transported one way or another, so we must decide how to transport it.
A railroad tanker carries about 31,800 gallons of oil. For a 100-car train, that is 3,180,000 gallons of oil. A truck tanker carries about 8,800 gallons of oil. That is 361 truck trips to haul the same amount of oil. Do we want 361 more trucks on our roads, per oil train?