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New Report Ranks States in Efforts to Reduce Oil Addiction


Green Lifestyle  (tags: americans, big business, culture, energy, green goals, conservation, states, United States )

Kit
- 700 days ago - commondreams.org
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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Kit B. (276)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 10:15 am
(Map from Common Dreams, show oil use and dependency by state)

Obama administration should 'do more to complement state initiatives'

There is much work to be done, state by state, in order to wean American off of its fossil fuel addiction; however, there is a noticeable difference in fossil fuel dependence between states that actively produce clean energy initiatives versus states who don't, according to a new report by Natural Resources Defense Council.

Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States’ Gasoline Price Vulnerability and Solutions for Change shows a "wide gulf" between states that promote public transit (bus, shuttles, trains or light rail), smart growth, and fuel efficiency, compared to states that do "little or nothing to expand less oil dependent forms of transportation."

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.

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.

Drivers in more rural states, where public transportation and other clean energy initiatives are typically harder to come by, are twice as dependent on fossil fuels and thus pay twice as much as a percentage of their incomes for gas, compared to drivers in other more urban states.

“The truth is, we must continue fighting to reduce our dependence on oil,” said Deron Lovaas, NRDC’s federal transportation policy director. “Whether it’s by states advancing public transit, clean fuels and smart growth, or by the government supporting development of advanced vehicles and actions that save oil, more steps must be taken to end an addiction that harms our wallets, economy and environment."

Further, the oil addiction report calls on the Obama administration to do more to influence state initiatives:

"The federal government should lower barriers to new adopters of advanced vehicles and alternative fuels, and implement a two-year transportation bill Congress passed last summer in ways that save oil."
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By Common Dreams Staff | Common Dreams
 

JL A. (275)
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.

 

Dandelion G. (380)
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. (191)
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.
 

Dave C. (216)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 3:05 pm
not surprised by results...thanks....
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (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. (157)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 8:01 pm
Interesting.
 

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. (234)
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. (249)
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 (56)
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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