Solutionary Rail

Hiding in Plain Sight: Rail as a Solution

Feb 10 2022

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Bill Moyer's presentation for Solutionary Rail "proposes a higher purpose for our nation’s railroad infrastructure, transforming the way we use trains and the corridors they travel through. It is a grand strategic project that leads with a positive vision for the future."

 

The core concept is to use existing and new train infrastructure to electrify freight delivery with sustainable and renewable energy. Instead of millions of highway-miles driven by climate-polluting diesel trucks, long haul travel could be replaced by clean, efficient freight trains, powered by the latest in efficient battery storage and renewable energy sources.

 

Bill Moyer is the co-author of Solutionary Rail, as well as co-founder and executive director of the Backbone Campaign. Bill and his colleagues have designed and produced hundreds of creative protests and trained thousands of change agents. He is a lifelong activist and musician. His creative approach to activism has included kayaks, spotlights, giant banners, props and puppets. 

About the Speaker Bill Moyer from https://www.solutionaryrail.org:

A scrappy grassroots campaign emerged from fights against fossil fuel transport in the Pacific Northwest. Published in 2016, Solutionary Rail proposes a higher purpose for our nation’s railroad infrastructure, transforming the way we use trains and the corridors they travel through.  

 

Bill Moyer is the co-founder and executive director of the Backbone Campaign. Bill and his colleagues have designed and produced hundreds of creative protests and trained thousands of change agents. He is a lifelong activist and musician. His creative approach to activism has included kayaks, spotlights, giant banners, props and puppets. 

 

Solutionary Rail is a grand strategic project that leads with a positive vision for the future. Bill lives with his wife and dog in the woods of Vashon Island, the ancestral land of the Puyallup people, near Seattle.

 

Per Bill McKibben: "Rail electrification, as proposed in this remarkable book, is that rarest of things: a genuinely new idea, and one that makes immediate gut sense." 

 

Additional Resources for Solutionary Rail

Backbone Campaign Artful Activism Support

http://backbonecampaign.org

 

Solutionary Rail Online PPT HERE

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Bp3BywuEEEZEKQrGRlZieDoSlBpNaYsL/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110593084144857477238&rtpof=true&sd=true
 

Solutionary Rail Video and Free PDF of book

http://solutionaryrail.org

 

Moonshot Modeshift

http://solutionaryrail.org/msms

 

External Cost Calculator page

http://solutionaryrail.org/extcostcalc

 

Coalition letter to Surface Transportation Board chairman Martin Oberman

https://www.solutionaryrail.org/mediarelease101521
 

Great recent article on railroad business model and lack of regulation: American Prospect Feb 4

https://prospect.org/economy/how-americas-supply-chains-got-railroaded/

 

New Alan Fisher video: "Impact of 2-Day Shipping"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_909DbOblvU