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New Report Ranks States in Efforts to Reduce Oil Addiction

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The report shows that the 10 states that do the most to implement policies that reduce fossil fuel usage are: #1 California, #2 Oregon, #3 Washington, #4 Massachusetts, #5 New York, #6 Connecticut, #7 Maine, #8 Maryland, #9 Rhode Island and #10 Vermont.

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JL A (281)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:30 pm
With football bowl games just ahead, I feel like I should become a cheerleader for CA claiming the number 1 spot on the list! One initiative that might not have been included in the analysis is that the air quality monitoring systems are linked to a health warning system for unhealthy air with policies for schools to have their PE inside (and school staff can get email notices) along with the levels that go with different activity risks for seniors and persons with respiratory health conditions (e.g., asthma). This system has led to residents being aware that their are health risks even in air that doesn't "look smoggy."

Rice farmers have found alternatives to burning their fields--options that could be applied in other parts of the world as well.


Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:36 pm
The 10 states that do the least to curb oil dependence are: #50 Nebraska, #49 Alaska, #48 Mississippi, #47 Idaho, #46 North Dakota, #45 Arkansas, #44 Indiana, #43 South Dakota, #42 Wyoming, #41 Kansas and #40 Utah -- typically Republican controlled states.

When will the rest of the Country learn not to listen to these out of touch people? Sometimes you just have to move forward and drag them along kicking and screaming, as with a child, eventually they'll learn it was for their own good, even if they didn't see it at the time.

pam w (139)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:11 pm
And then there's TEXAS! You know Texas---they want to leave the union! They're also been in the grip of oil for decades. Wonder what they'd do if we stopped buying their oil?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:52 pm
Thank you Kit. If my memory is correct those green states were blue on another map I saw recently...and the ones Dandelion mention were red. Hmmm....

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:59 pm

Well Pam, I think it's fair to say that Texas has been in the grip of oil since about 1901, with the gusher at Spindle Top, just over a century old mind set.

The red states cost blue in taxes to support them, what's new those squeaky wheels.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 5:47 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Kit.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:17 pm
Noted and shared, thanks Kit.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:25 pm
....results as expected, speaks volumes. And that's what happens if states are individually governed, even concerning such NATIONAL important matters. There has to be federal pressure, absolutely.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:45 pm

Or Federal mandatory guidelines, we have had them before on different issues. They work.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 8:01 pm

Vanessa Escobar (9)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 10:12 pm
thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 4:53 am
No it doesn't, it list the percent of income states spend on gas. Would be interesting to see the initiatives though.

TomCat S (129)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 7:07 am
It appears that the redder the stare, the worse the problem. I'm proud that OR is #2.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:27 pm
Considering the fact that NY State is the third most heavily-populated state in the union, I'm proud that it ranks fifth among the 10 states that do the most to implement policies that reduce fossil fuel usage.

Thanks for this eye-opening information, Kit!

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:24 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. AZ has some work to do as well; but I was surprised it's on the same level as CA and OR.
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