I was mesmerized by the scenes of the Chinese in blue workers' suits, long black braids down their backs under straw hats. There they were in 1869 building the Central Pacific railroad to link America together as never before.
New Orleans business and community leaders have argued that an intercity rail line would benefit the region economically and culturally, and would be another way for New Orleans residents to head north when hurricanes approach.
Right now, the debate is focused on a goal of shifting ten percent of America's truck traffic to rail. That's not ambitious enough. Given the evidence that's pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, we need to get America off of oil as quickly as we can.
Warren Buffett is investing $32 billion in Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the nation's 2nd largest railroad. At first blush, this is radically counter-intuitive. A railroad? Isn't that hopelessly brick-and-mortar?