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Is shipping goods by barge good for the environment?

Sep 18, 2023
Barges can move cargo with less fuel than a truck or train. But environmental experts are skeptical of emissions calculations.
A 15-barge tow approaches a lock and dam complex near Granite City, Illinois. Environmentalists say the carbon emissions generated by transit through locks and dams need to be better understood.
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Life on America's rivers

May 10, 2019
"They hate her when they're with her and they miss her when they're gone" said Melody Golding, author of a new book about America's riverboat pilots.
Cannelton Locks on the Ohio River
Courtesy of Melody Golding

Trump's talk about waterway infrastructure had 'a lot of red meat' for the industry

Jun 12, 2017
We just need to figure out the trillion-dollar funding, the president of a Mississippi barge company says.
President Trump speaks about transportation and infrastructure projects at a marina on the Ohio River in Cincinnati on June 7. 
Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Voters in the south sold on Trump's infrastructure plan

Nov 17, 2016
Austin Golding, co-owner of Golding Barge Line, talks about his hopes under a Trump presidency
Donald Trump supporters listen to him speak at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

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Barge owner talks oil and taxes

Dec 11, 2014
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checks in with barge owner Austin Golding.

Fracking is buoying up the Mississippi barge business

Jun 11, 2014
A Mississippi barge line owner says new money is flowing from an unlikely place.

Barge owner talks oil and uncertainty

Oct 28, 2013
Marketplace checks back in with Austin Golding, co-owner of Golding Barges Line in Mississippi.

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