Where’s the Cap-and-Trade?

via the OTRAN list…

Governor Kulongoski has released his climate change agenda for the 2009 legislative session. A major omission noted by many is the absence of a cap-and-trade carbon trading system as contemplated by the Western Climate Initiative.

Here’s the transportation section:

Sustainable Transportation

The Governor recognizes the dual need to both invest in transportation while also advancing options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why the Governor’s climate change and transportation packages must be complementary, addressing the state’s growing transportation needs while also takings actions to reduce carbon. The Governor’s package will put forward several sustainable transportation measures that focus on reducing vehicle miles traveled, expanding transportation options, and encouraging new vehicle technologies.

Encouraging Alternative Vehicle Technologies: The Governor’s transportation initiative will encourage the use of alternative technologies like plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. The state will shift its business and residential energy tax credits from widely used hybrid vehicles to new vehicles that produce less carbon. As vehicle manufacturers introduce new technologies, the state will pursue public and private partnerships to ensure Oregon is the place to implement new vehicle technologies, such as charging stations for electric vehicles.

Adopting Low Carbon Fuels: This will authorize the Environmental Quality Commission to develop a low-carbon fuel standard similar to standards in Washington and California. This standard will require fuel providers to reduce the average carbon intensity of fuels sold by 10% over time. A low-carbon fuel standard will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also provide companies with flexibility to meet the standard through innovation and new technology.

Expanding Transportation Options: The Governor is committed to setting an overarching vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction goal for the state. Reducing discretionary trips in single occupancy vehicles will be a high priority, particularly in urban areas where more transportation choices exist. This will include an expanded Transportation Options program to help provide relief from high fuel prices and enhance community livability through expanded pedestrian and bicycle programs, increased numbers of carpools and vanpools, a statewide rideshare program, education and marketing, and incentive programs designed to reduce cars on our roadways.

Developing a Least Carbon Model: This legislation directs the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to develop a least carbon planning model – similar to what utility companies currently use – that will be applied when solving transportation problems. This modeling directs ODOT to consider the least carbon option, such as increased investments in rail or transit, in order to relieve congestion, rather than just building additional capacity.

I’m curious what a Least Carbon Model analysis would say about the Columbia River Crossing…

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