The purchase, the largest ever for Berkshire, will cost the company $26 billion, or $100 a share in cash and stock, for the 77.4 percent of the railroad it doesn’t already own.
It's also a bet that there will be no significant change in the transportation technology. Introduction of energy-efficient trucks will take a very long time.
see also Energy Use for Transportation from DOE.
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