Orbital View: Baby, It's Coal Outside

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A swirl of coal cars in Norfolk, Virginia:

A Daily Overview commenter has mixed feelings over the photo:

So cool...except for that whole coal thing

Norfolk Southern says the Lambert facility has an annual throughput capacity of 48 million tons. The company has been courted by a Canadian counterpart over the past several months for a possible merger, but it’s not going very well:

Norfolk Southern has sternly rejected all of Canadian Pacific's takeover offers even as they approached roughly $30 billion. Norfolk Southern has said the offers have been so “grossly inadequate” that there wasn’t much point in discussing a possible deal.

Talk about a coal shoulder.

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