Huxley Speaker Series 4/6: Bill Moyer on Electrifying the Railroads

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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:39pm

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Miller Hall 138

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Bill Moyer will deliver his talk, “Solutionary Rail: a people-powered campaign to electrify America's railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bill Moyer will discuss why electrifying the railroads is the next step in a just transition to a green energy economy.  When the United States seems intensely divided and polarized beyond collaboration, a new book declares that our railroads hold the promise of uniting communities and diverse sectors of our country in common cause for the common good.  Solutionary Rail: A people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future was released in November 2016, just days after the 2016 election.  

Solutionary Rail combines two important climate change issues; transportation pollution and building more renewable energy. Briefly, the book proposes running United States railroads on renewable energy generated along the routes.  Rural energy generation, the book argues, would then have two ready markets: the trains themselves and associated transmission lines to urban centers.  Join author Bill Moyer to learn more about this exciting new vision for the future.

Bill Moyer of Vashon Island WA, co-founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 with friends from an artist affinity group. He has dual and intersecting paths as both an activist and artist. Backbone Campaign has been a vehicle for much growth and Bill has emerged as a leader in the theory and practice of “artful activism.”  He designs and produces creative political actions and provides training in grand strategy and creative tactics around the country.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.