THE ECONOMIC REGULATION OF WESTERN COAL TRANSPORTATION: AN UNNECESSARY CONFLICT BETWEEN NATIONAL ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION POLICIES

This report evaluates Interstate Commerce Commission regulation of railroad transportation of western coal, also addressing the National Energy Plan's goal of encouraging major users of fuel oil and natural gas to embark upon coal conversion programs. Special emphasis is given to implications for the State of Texas. It is concluded that ICC Rail Form A costing is not applicable to coal movements, that Section 205 of the 4R Act should not be used to permit an entire railroad's net investment to be used for establishing a reasonable return on a specific movement and for using differential pricing, that Section 202 of the 4R Act covering market dominance and maximum rate regulation may be interpreted to permit monopolistic pricing, and that factors other than rail freight tariffs may also discourage the increase in domestic coal production and consumption.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2315 Red River Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78712-1536
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 405 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Policy Res Proj 38
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM