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Resolution in Support of “Solutionary Rail”

WHEREAS, rail transportation is the most energy efficient, least environmentally disruptive, and safest form of transportation known to humanity; and

WHEREAS, the potential of rail is being advanced worldwide in numerous countries, with billions of dollars already invested and countless more earmarked for new alignments, advanced signaling, multiple tracking, higher speeds, and electrification for both freight and passenger; and

WHEREAS, the current dominant modes of transport in the U.S. (cars and planes for passengers; trucks for freight) are highly inefficient and environmentally destructive compared to rail; and

WHEREAS, most citizens and policymakers of all political persuasions agree that a massive investment in the nation’s infrastructure is needed to secure a safe, healthy, and prosperous future for all Americans; and

WHEREAS the Solutionary Rail concept advances a proposal to electrify America’s railroads and open rail corridors for use in renewable energy transmission, while creating thousands of good union jobs in both rural and urban areas, spurring economic growth and sustainable development; and

WHEREAS, developing a political consensus on solutions to climate change and its accompanying devastating effects on our economies, lives, and environment has been proven to be a challenging task; and

WHEREAS, Solutionary Rail offers us a win-win proposal that has the potential to build the political consensus necessary to overcome the current political deadlock by benefitting numerous stakeholders, among them rail workers and the rail industry; urban and rural communities; green energy developers and rural electric co-ops; farmers, ranchers, and tribes; trackside and hub-side communities, shippers, motorists, and passengers; and

WHEREAS, such a historic infrastructure investment project has the potential to bridge the urban-rural divide, help heal the nation’s political divisions, deliver tangible benefits to both “red” states and “blue” states from coast-to-coast, and unite the nation, reimagining the creation of the first Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago with a new focus on equity, human rights, and sustainability; and

WHEREAS, mainstay railroad shipments of fossil fuels have been in a state of decline, a trend that will no doubt continue, freeing up track capacity for high value freight that can be diverted from highway to rail; and

WHEREAS, rail transport - unique among long-distance heavy transportation modes – has the ability to replace its current fossil fuel propulsion with electric propulsion which can be generated from renewable sources; and

WHEREAS, rail line electrification can also be leveraged to build transmission lines to bring presently remote solar and wind produced energy to metropolitan markets; and

WHEREAS, the Solutionary Rail strategy of building an electrified, multiple tracked, higher speed and more robust national rail network would:

-- reduce the railroads’ reliance on fossil fuel shipments, while dramatically reducing overall fossil fuel use by moving freight and passengers off of the nation’s highways; and

-- open the way to reduce fossil-based electricity by facilitating the transmission of renewable energy from rural generation infrastructure to urban markets; and

-- create a public-private partnership with railroads that could serve as the basis for improved working conditions for rail workers and improved air quality for impacted communities as well as the renegotiation of track easements across tribal lands.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that X supports the Solutionary Rail proposal for a national network of high capacity, higher speed, multiple-tracked, electrified railroad trunk lines nationwide, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge X to likewise support rail electrification leading to endorsement of renewable energy and electrified rail corridors; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we call on to direct the __ Department of Transportation and other appropriate state agencies to evaluate Solutionary Rail feasibility and to bring the general concept of rail corridor electrification, powered by renewable energy, into the set of sustainable transportation strategies for our transportation system in X

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  • amy morrison
    published this page in Resolutions 2021-03-10 14:18:37 -0800
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