Chattanooga, TN (July 22, 2008) ? States that adopt laws promoting clean and efficient vehicles and investing in public transit are helping protect their citizens from high oil prices, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report highlights two critical areas related to our nation?s addiction to oil: vulnerability to high oil prices and implementation by states of alternatives and solutions.
The oil vulnerability ranking is based on the average percentage of income that states? drivers spend on gasoline. Drivers in Tennessee spend nearly 6 percent of their incomes on gasoline — that is nearly twice more than what drivers in some states spend. ?This report shows that when oil prices go up, families in some states are hit much harder than others because they are paying a greater percentage of their income at the gas pump,? said Deron Lovaas, Transportation Policy Director at NRDC. ?The good news is that some states are enacting policies that give consumers vehicle and transportation choices. But more states need to do the same, and federal policymakers must follow suit by boosting fuel economy standards, supporting a firm limit on global warming pollution and investing in more efficient transportation alternatives like commuter rail.?
Jim Frierson of the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute in Chattanooga commented, ?These new rankings are a useful guide because they are based on solid analysis and objective findings. Tennessee appears in the middle of the pack on both scales. We can?t do much about the global price for petroleum, but we certainly are smart enough to adopt the full range of state and local policies that can mitigate the obvious economic harm to our citizens and communities.?
Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States? Oil Vulnerability and Solutions for Change? underscores that what we drive, how often we drive, and what energy we use are at the core of America?s 21-million-barrel-per-day oil habit. America?s addiction to oil continues to threaten our economic viability, national security and global environmental health.
The states in which drivers are most at risk to high gas prices increases are Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. Tennessee follows close behind ranking 17th highest percent of driver income dedicated to fuel costs.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.