Which States Are Most Vulnerable to Rising Gas Prices? Which States Are Most Vulnerable to Rising Gas Prices?
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Which States Are Most Vulnerable to Rising Gas Prices?

by Ben Jervey

June 3, 2011

The rest of the report (PDF) looks at what various states are doing to combat oil dependency. The ten states doing the most to wean themselves off of oil are:

1) California
2) Oregon
3) Massachusetts
4) New York
5) New Jersey
6) Maryland
7) Connecticut
8) Rhode Island
9) Washington
10) Vermont

For the most part, state strategies involve a variety of tactics like advancing the adoption of more fuel efficient vehicles, promoting alternative fuels, and investing in smarter intermodal mass transit alternatives.

Ignoring the popular fantasy that we can drill our way to lower gas prices, the plain truth is that the best way to deal with pain at the pump is by reducing demand. State and local governments that recognize this reality are going to be better off over the next few decades as our widespread dependence on this disappearing resource is put to the ultimate test.

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Which States Are Most Vulnerable to Rising Gas Prices?