|Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Help Relieve Impact of Gas Prices|
|Monday, 30 June 2008 09:22|
Portland, Ore – Today Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore) joined local citizens and community leaders to announce his proposal for immediately reducing the impact of rising gas prices. Portland and the metro region have led the way in providing innovative and cost effective methods for helping people deal with the rising costs of gas. Rep Blumenauer’s bill takes these ideas even further by having the federal government invest in communities, transportation choices, and affordable location-efficient housing.
“Gas prices have shot up by more than a dollar a gallon in the last few months,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “As much as we all want a simple solution to the complex energy puzzle, there is no silver bullet. One thing we can do now is give people more choices. Portland is recognized internationally because of the transportation choices we offer our citizens. This has led to huge savings for families, and I want to improve on this model and extend it to other areas of the country. My proposal includes everything from offering a tax credit for carpooling to helping transit agencies cope with rising fuel prices and demand by funding fare subsidies, service improvements, fuel purchases, and technology assistance. These are short term actions that will immediately provide relief from rising energy costs.”
“We're proud of our track record at Intel in offering numerous initiatives to spur alternative transportation, including transit subsidies, bicycle programs and employee shuttle service to light-rail stations,” said Jonathan Williams, Intel's Oregon Government Affairs Manager. "We appreciate Congressman Blumenauer's work to encourage more employers to lead the way in developing and supporting alternative commute programs for their employees."
"Congressman Blumenauer’s bill is a powerful toolbox packed with low-cost, high-impact ways to help Oregonians avoid rising gas prices and fight global warming,” said Bob Stacey, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon. “As energy costs rise, we’re all looking for more choices in where we live and how we get around. This bill gives Americans a break and helps build affordable, walkable, family friendly communities at the same time."
THE BLUMENAUER LEGISLATION WILL:
Increase Commuter Choices
Help Transit Agencies
Provide Housing Assistance
Require the Federal Government to Lead by Example