Photographer, cartoonist, worker advocate and locomotive driver Alan Nash connects people to a place, an industry and a blue-collar workforce in transition.
Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) helper units go past the grain elevator heading for the hills of northern Wyoming to aid a coal train up the long grade.
Getting Asia hooked on cheaply produced PRB coal would delay the development of more efficient and lower greenhouse gas emission energy resources. From a climate change standpoint, why would the world’s most influential nation encourage developing countries to repeat our own Victorian Age model that built our industrial revolution?
Before you roll your eyes thinking this is another ploy by environmentalists to poke Big Coal in the eye, consider this; Suppressing coal dust from loaded trains is a matter of national security. In 2005, back-to-back derailments in the southern Powder River Basin temporarily cut more than 20 million tons of expected deliveries, throwing utilities into a panic as their stockpiles shrank to a little more than a week’s supply in some cases.