Oregon Governor Outlines Vision for Climate-Friendly Transportation Policies

April 14, 2008

Governor Ted Kulongoski has announced his vision for how Oregon can incorporate policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the state’s transportation plan. His plan includes alternative fuels and alternative vehicles.

On April 11, Kulongoski addressed business leaders and members of the Oregon Environmental Council at a forum entitled "Transportation and Sustainable Communities." He said he has charged his transportation committee with incorporating measures to fight climate change into transportation planning. The measures would cover four areas:

  • Low-carbon fuels
  • Vehicle technology improvement, including the shift to plug-in and electric cars
  • Reducing vehicle miles traveled
  • Improving transportation system efficiency.

"Transportation and climate change are critical to our success in the global marketplace – and to our quality of life," Governor Kulongoski said. "We cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking transportation and climate change are conflicting policy priorities." He continued, "Yes, we need more access points in our transportation system so trucks can more efficiently and safely move goods up and down I-5, but if our only answer is highway expansion and not a multi-modal solution, then we are taking a step backward on global warming – and that is absolutely not acceptable to me."

For more information, see the governor's April 11 press release and the full text of the speech.

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