A report released Thursday by the House Democratic Livable Communities Task Force recognized that families living in auto-dependent neighborhoods spend significantly more money on transportation, with fewer dollars available for health care, food, and other family expenses. In response, the two dozen representatives proposed a "Freedom from Oil" [PDF] agenda that would reduce oil use by providing families with more transportation choices, including cars that get 60 mpg by 2025. Task force Chair Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), publicly released "Freedom from Oil" at a press conference joined by task force members Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), and Peter Welch …
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Stewart Boss is an intern at the Center for American Progress.