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Burning coal is burning oil

Guest blogger Iain McClatchie here. Kirk asked me to cross-post my next energy related posting from Ambivalent Engineer.I found some numbers for the oil cost of burning coal. As you know, coal moves primarily by train, and those trains are pulled by diesel-powered locomotives, and marginal diesel is of course imported. Coal is generally regarded as a domestic fuel, but it takes a fair bit of diesel to pull all that coal around. So the question is, are you paying mostly for coal, or mostly for diesel?Here's the first big clue: Freight trains in the United States burn 1 gallon of diesel to move a ton of frieght 436 miles.Average distance coal ...