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Report: New Mexicans Vulnerable to 'Price Panic' at the Pump

July 9, 2007

New Mexicans' wallets are more at risk of serious "weight loss" from gas prices than most other Americans. That's according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council that gives our state the fifth-highest ranking in terms of "oil vulnerability." Lauren Ketcham with Environment New Mexico says the state's rural nature, high poverty rate and above average gas prices are major factors.

“Citizens in New Mexico spend about twice as much of their income on gasoline than citizens in Connecticut do, so when oil prices go up, families in the most vulnerable states like New Mexico are hit the hardest.”

In recent months, gas prices in New Mexico have been 5 to 10 percent higher than the national average. The report also ranked New Mexico 31st in efforts to reduce oil consumption. Attorney General Gary King is conducting an investigation into New Mexico's high gas prices.

Ketcham notes that New Mexico is already taking steps to reduce oil vulnerability, including a "clean car" law that would boost fuel efficiency. But she believes more can be done in the state, especially when it comes to urban planning.

“We can incorporate smart growth principles and really increase public transportation so that folks live closer to where they work and where they shop and they spend less time in their cars and more time on bicycles and on buses and on trains.”

The report is online at www.environmentnewmexico.org/reports/energy/energy-program-reports/addicted-to-oil-ranking-states-oil-vulnerability-and-solutions-for-change.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM