The New York Times has an article about a Oregon congressman who has been promoting bicycling and sustainable living for 20 years. The article goes into his hard work and how what he has been promoting has become really popular.
But Mr. Blumenauerâ€™s goals are larger than putting Americans on two wheels. He seeks to create what he calls a more sustainable society, including wiser use of energy, farming that improves the land rather than degrades it, an end to taxpayer subsidies for unwise development â€” and a transportation infrastructure that looks beyond the car.
For him, the global financial collapse is â€œperhaps the best opportunity we will ever seeâ€ to build environmental sustainability into the nationâ€™s infrastructure, with urban streetcar systems, bike and pedestrian paths, more efficient energy transmission and conversion of the federal governmentâ€™s 600,000-vehicle fleet to use alternate fuels.
â€œThese are things that three years ago were unimaginable,â€ he said. â€œAnd if they were imaginable, we could not afford them. Well, now when all the experts agree that we will be lucky if we stabilize the economy in a couple of years, when there is great concern about the consequences of the collapse of the domestic auto producers, gee, these are things that are actually reasonable and affordable.â€