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Greenhouse gas goals could increase driving costs

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High Five
Monday, March 28, 2011

Oregon is adopting rules requiring an overall reduction in motor vehicle emissions, which could result in higher driving costs.

The rules are intended to help meet the state goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. They are required by two bills approved by the 2009 Oregon Legislature that gives DLCD the authority to set targets for reducing light motor vehicle emissions in metropolitan areas by 2035.

The rules could result in higher fuel taxes, fees based on how miles vehicles are driven, road tolls to reduce congestion, and increased downtown parking charges.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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