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Summer's Heating Up, and Gas Prices are Scorching New Mexico Wallets

May 29, 2007

Albuquerque, NM - Gas prices in New Mexico are setting new records as the summer driving season begins, and they're higher here than almost anywhere else in the country. Carol Oldham with the Sierra Club says it's time to take raising fuel efficiency standards seriously.

With the summer driving season officially underway, gas prices are reaching new all-time highs, and New Mexico is getting hit worse than almost anyplace else in the country. Carol Oldham with the Sierra Club says many New Mexicans who have to drive bigger vehicles, like farmers and ranchers, can really feel the pinch, and that ends up hurting the rest of us, too.

"It hurts our economy, it hurts our environment and we really need to make sure that we're really getting the bang for our buck and I think that the best way that we can do that is to increase our fuel economy standards."

A bill in Congress could raise fuel efficiency standards, but Oldham says it has a number of loopholes that still need to be worked out.
In New Mexico, the average price over the weekend for a gallon of regular was about three-forty-six (according to gasbuddy-DOT-com), twenty-six cents higher than the national average. Only a few states have a higher average price for gas, but prices in New Mexico are rising.

Oldham says the technology already exists to make big improvements in gas mileage.

"This is not something where we don't know how to make a car get 45 miles to the gallon, we were doing it 15-20 years ago, we just really need to start doing it again."

Oldham is at 505-316-6517. For a full copy of the report go to

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM