03 Jun '11, 7pm

Finally, Congress has a sensible solution to high gas prices: Drive less

Rep. Earl Blumenauer and the congressional Livable Communities Task Force are still patiently trying to explain to the rest of Congress that it might be a good idea for people to be able to move around without cars. Yesterday, the task force put out a report outlining the startling concept that people might be less affected by gas prices if they didn't have to drive as much. Instead of drilling for more oil to address gas prices, we could just use less! SHOCKING. Here are its policy recommendations: Set clear national priorities for our transportation system, including a strategy and performance measures for reducing oil consumption. Require Metropolitan Planning Organizations to evaluate the effects of new transportation projects on regional petroleum consumption. Promote Pay-As-You-Drive insurance, allowing consumers to pay less if they drive less. Encourage lenders to u...

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