The study by the Natural Resources Defense Council ranks states that are most affected by higher oil prices. Texas came in 16th last year, but rose to #7 in this year’s report, mostly because Texas drivers apparently logged more miles in 2008 compared to 2007. This is NRDC’s Darren Lovaas.
“We took a look at how much, in terms of gasoline costs, the average driver incurs in a given year and then how much income that average income the average driver pulls down in that given year and then we figured out the percentage of that income that’s spent to buy gasoline. In Texas, almost 7-percent of the average Texas driver’s income went to buy gasoline.”
Lovaas says Texas ranked 37th in it’s efforts to reduce oil vulnerability. On average, Texans spent more than $2600 on gasoline last year.