PDX transport plans scrutinized

Expansion of Portland roads and public transportation will increase emissions by 50%.

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Plans to expand roads and mass transit in the Portland area would boost carbon emissions by 50% over the next 25 years.

Plans for more than $20 billion are in place for roads, bridges and other transportation projects. While prepared to endorse them, regional leaders admit the projects will undermine Portland’s climate change goals when combined with the population growth factor.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams threatens to vote against the plan, saying region needs to hold to its carbon-reduction goals. The Legislature has a goal of reducing emissions by 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The city’s goal is an 80 percent reduction.

“We’re 50 percent in the wrong direction by just moving forward as it is,” Adams said.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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