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Nevada Drivers More Vulnerable to "Sticker Shock" from the Pump

July 23, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada drivers are forking over as much as six percent of their income when they fuel up their cars, according to a new report. The United States has a 21-million-barrel-per-day oil habit, and the Natural Resources Defense Council report spells out just how much this is costing drivers in all 50 states.

Deron Lovaas, NRDC's vehicles campaign director, says the state's growth patterns affect how much Nevadans end up spending on gas.

"This is partly a consequence of suburban sprawl, as well as the lack of transportation alternatives."

As gas prices go up, Lovaas says families in some states are hit harder than others. Unfortunately, Nevadans are among them.

"The states in which drivers are paying the highest percentage of their income on gas, those drivers are paying twice as much a percentage of their income as the lowest-ranking states."

Lovaas says "Clean Car" legislation like California's will help in the long run. In addition, he says, as more efficient vehicles make their way onto the road, gas prices will be forced down.

The report says states that adopt laws to promote efficient vehicles and mass transit help protect their citizens from price spikes at the pump. The report notes Nevada is near the bottom when it comes to spending on mass transit.

The full report is available at

Michael Clifford/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NV