are projects of the Backbone Campaign, designed to “flip the script” in the debate about trains, fossil fuel exports, regional economic and environmental resilience.
This Fall, Backbone Campaign is launching a multi-prong campaign in collaboration with regional allies to protect the Salish Sea, Cascadia and the entire "Northern Transcon" from becoming a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. We are proposing a partly new and partly forgotten vision for rail transport of freight and people to redeem railroads and trains from climate and environmental antagonist to sustainability and economic resiliency protagonist, i.e. from problem to solution, thus http://SolutionaryRail.org
Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns BNSF railroad, the dominant rail company transporting dangerous, climate cooking, and ocean acidifying fossil fuels to ports in the Pacific NW. BNSF has been supporting an increase in those exports. Branded as a benevolent billionaire, Mr. Buffett has a complex portfolio of investments in dirty fuels and renewable energy, windmills and pipeline technology and promotes fair taxation while simultaneously pushing for disastrous public investment in expanded fossil fuel extraction and transport. Mr. Buffett is perhaps hedging his bets, but we think our children's future should not be on the table. Warren Buffett has the power to influence the future of rail in our region and beyond. We are calling upon Warren Buffett to ground his legacy in an investment in our greatest resource, future generations and an infrastructure that will sustain a inhabitable planet. Petition at http://BuffettLegacy.org
Trains and railroads are not the problem, but the current economic model for rail transport is. Public subsidies of inefficient transport of people and freight on highways, along with historic dismantling of rail infrastructure, and artificially cheap fossil fuels has undermined railroad transport economics.
Our Solutionary Rail proposal would create many times more jobs that expanded fossil fuel transport. EVERYONE has something to gain from a revitalized railroad infrastructure and an economic model for rail to prosper, in particular Mr. Warren Buffett. See http://SolutionaryRail.org
Check out our draft PowerPoint on rail electrification at http://tinyurl.com/SRPPT1
If you would like to learn more about this upcoming Backbone effort, contribute to the publishing of our Solutionary Rail booklet, or the related actions in the Pacific NW or Omaha please contact Bill Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or pitch in at http://BackboneCampaign.org...
On Sept. 21, 2014, the day of the historic climate march in NYC and around the world Backbone Campaign launched a petition to Warren Buffett at http://BuffettLegacy.org
and our sustainable proposal for his BNSF railroad at http://SolutionaryRail.org
End BNSF railroad’s dependence on hauling and burning fossil fuels. Partner with Gov. Inslee to electrify, increase track speeds, and run your trains on 100% renewable energy from Seattle to Chicago.
Dear Mr. Buffett,
Please, stop "hedging your bets" with investments that are guaranteed to harm the climate and the well being of future generations. Your railroad, BNSF's reliance on shipping coal and oil is not sustainable for your company, your workers, or the planet. These fuels are causing climate disruption, ocean acidification, damage public health, and they endanger the environments and cultural inheritance of the communities they move through.
As the owner, you have the capacity to break the BNSF's railroad industry's addiction to the consumption and transport of fossil fuels. You alone have the power to transform the role and impact of railroads from being part of the problem to being a pivotal component of the solution.
As you have pointed out, transportation by rail is 3-4 times more energy efficient than by truck. Electrification of the railroad would multiply that efficiency again by 3. Investment in modernization of rail lines will deliver higher speeds, which will draw high value freight off of trucks on our overburdened highways and make intercity passenger service more attractive. Electrified rail can run on zero emissions energy from wind, sun and other renewable sources. It is even possible for your railroad's right-of-way to serve as a highly efficient HVDC transmission corridor for clean, renewable energy.
We call this vision Solutionary Rail. We urge you to work with Governor Jay Inslee and other regional leaders make the Northern Transcon part of the solution for future generations. Implement the Solutionary Rail model to create a backbone for sustainable transport and renewable energy infrastructure in the region through which BNSF roles. Establish your legacy as the benevolent billionaire who had the wisdom to invest in the pivot to a sustainable future.