Oregon is about to enter a new chapter in its environmental history with the adoption of state rules requiring an overall reduction in motor vehicle emissions.
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.
...the rules could require Metro and local governments to take steps to reduce emissions from cars, small trucks and sport utility vehicles. The memo lays out a series of potential actions — called scenarios — in a number of transportation-related fields. They include travel demand management, land use planning, public transit and pricing.
I love that phrase, travel demand management. It sounds so innocent. A search for the term on .or.us and oregon.gov websites reveal that our government masters just want to "assist individuals in choosing alternative travel modes." They will just "encourage" us to change our behavior.
Please do not resist their assistance, it is for your own good. We need our lives to be managed by those who know better.