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Ten to twenty years is far toolong to wait for a solution that was needed decades ago. Common sense approaches will prepare us for an oil-independent future. Immediate steps can be taken to alleviate the impact of rising gas prices.
From : Congressman Earl Blumenauer  earl.blumenauer@congressnewsletter.net

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Representing Oregon's 3rd District

Dear Friend,

After seven years of dangerous energy policies, Oregon families are reeling from the effects of rising gas prices. Americans deserve better than political posturing from an administration that continues to serve up a failed energy policy, and pushing for increased drilling on our public lands is their newest deceitful maneuver. This is not only a hoax, but pure “drillusion.” Opening up new public lands to drilling can take anywhere from 10-20 years to produce oil, yet I know you need relief today.

Oil companies already hold leases on 68 million acres of public lands but are NOT drilling. Instead of exercising the opportunities they have, they are trying to accrue additional drilling leases in the Arctic and along our coasts. This is not a solution; this is only a continuation of the same disastrous policies that fail to address our growing crisis.

There are immediate steps we can take to alleviate the impact of rising gas prices. For instance, we can rein in speculators, which add $5 to $50 to the price of a barrel of oil. We can also reduce the cost of gas by releasing some of the oil stored in our Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Currently at 97 percent capacity, the SPR is the largest emergency supply in the world. Three presidents have done this in the past, cutting the cost of oil by as much as a third.

In addition to short term help, we need to make wise investments in our transportation system. This will not only address the energy crisis, but it will create thousands of new jobs and boost our sagging economy.

Recently I introduced a bill, the “Transportation and Housing Choices for Gas Price Relief Act,” that would immediately reduce the impact of high gas prices.

My legislation will help Americans cope with rising energy costs by providing transportation options, such as incentives for commuting by carpooling, public transit, and bicycling, as well as telecommuting.

Although there is no silver bullet for solving the complex energy problem, we can take action now to make sure that Oregon’s families receive the assistance they need. Ten to twenty years is far too long to wait for a solution that was needed decades ago, and I will continue working on common sense approaches that will prepare us for an oil-independent future.


Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

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Attn: Congressman Blumenauer 12.Aug.2008 10:04

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

Those of us that are under the pressure of high fuel prices appreciate your posting here on Indymedia.

I've argued far and wide here for the real solution to the energy crisis. I'll outline them again here:

1) lower the speed limit on urban roads to 15 miles per hour. It's not nearly as bad as it sounds, often times, that's how fast you can go anyway.

2) Place pedestrians, bicycles & children above automobiles. injure a bicyclest, pedestrian or child with your car, lose your license for ever. kill one, lose your freedom, regardless of who's at fault in the accident.

3) build no new freeways, period. build only electric rail, between suburban locations in our region. Fast track the installation, as an emergency response to our crisis. This would first of all, create real employment in our area, and salvage the home values within a 10 block distance from the rail lines.

4) contract with local providers to build the components for the rail system. Companies such as Gunderson would jump at the chance to begin building streetcars. so far, the ones that we have now are imported from europe.

5) strengthen the urban growth boundry. This has made Portland a model city for peak oil. We have the potential here to become the showcase of how to properly respond to this crisis with elegance and thoughtfulness.

6) the creation of farming "enterprise zones" in the areas surounding the metro area, where taxes would be structured to prevent the elimination of family farms & co-ops within easy transportation range of the city.

Mr Blumenauer, I have the ideas mapped, and charted. I have a plan where everyone wins. Employment, environment, children, families and the great city of Portland could become a beacon of light for the rest of the world. If you want to know more, my email is on the trailing end of this posting.