"The thing that is going to make a difference is to give Americans more choices over how they move and to wean our dependency off of using 10 percent of the world's oil supply in order to go back and forth from work every day," said Blumenauer. "That's nuts."

Blumenauer took the opportunity to tout the energy choices made by his constituents in Portland, Ore. On average, he said, they drive 20 percent less than the average American and depend heavily on bicycles for commuting — as he does.