What role does railroad electrification have in proposal (or various proposals) for an American Green New Deal?
In coverage of the American Green New Deal there has been much attention to electric cars and high speed rail. Both are probably mostly aimed at moving people rather than freight, yet for freight in particular, rail has a relatively high modal share in the U.S.A., with a widely developed freight railroad network. However, in the U.S.A., only around 0.5% of railroads are electrified, so almost all freight trains rely on fossil fuels. In Europe, depending on country, railway electrification varies from 3% to 100% (Switzerland, which also has a high modal share for freight rail). Apparently, railroad electrification is not currently considered economical in the U.S.A. (see also Why is railway electrification in North America far less common than in Europe?).
It would seem that railroad electrification would be an obvious part of any Green New Deal package. With the right government impetus (varying from subtle nudging with pigouvian taxes or subsidies to direct government infrastructure spending) there should be a large potential to reduce the carbon footprint of U.S.A. freight through railroad electrification (of course with the electricity produced from renewable energy). Unlike electric cars, no novel technology would be needed, and it's probably much cheaper than high speed rail. It would also bring employment (at least temporarily) to many rural areas in the U.S.A., some of which have been suffering economically, so the employment potential could be popular with the electorate in those regions. By contrast, jobs involved in the electric car industry might concentrate much more in high-tech urban areas that are doing well economically already.
What proposals for railroad electrification are included with American Green New Deal packages?