Reducing oil use and keeping more trucks off the road is a goal of many environmentalists. But one attractive alternative to long-haul trucking – namely railroads – is facing its own share of environmentalist opposition. According to the Christian Science Monitor, railroad companies are already being stretched to the limit, and need more rail yards to accommodate their burgeoning business. But in places like Garnder, Kansas, where a $1 billion terminal and warehouse is being planned, or suburban Atlanta where a large new rail yard is in the works, complaints of “Not in my backyard” have predictably arisen regarding pollution and additional truck traffic. Here’s hoping such debates won’t stray onto the wrong tracks.

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