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Oregon Looks At Options For Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Oregon’s Energy Department Wednesday rolled out its first-ever comprehensive cost analysis of ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The report examines more than 200 different carbon-cutting strategies.

The most cost-effective steps involve getting cars off Oregon roads. Car-sharing, parking management, and walking and biking strategies all promise to save hundreds of dollars for every ton of carbon reduced.

Using forestry and big renewable energy projects to cut carbon tends to be the least cost-effective.

The new cost analysis of individual strategies is meant to guide Governor Kitzhaber’s ten-year energy plan. But the governor’s energy advisor, Margi Hoffman, says the final plan will likely combine steps.

“In the transportation sector, if you move forward with a suite of different policies at the same time, the net result is a cost-effective outcome,” says Hoffman.

The report shows that even pursuing the least expensive carbon-cutting can add jobs and increase economic activity over the next ten years.