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first_imgReport: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil CostsNRDC Report Says Transportation Planning Can Buffer Automotive Fuel CostsVermont could be doing more to protect its citizens from the high costsof fuel oil for our cars and trucks, according to a new report releasedby the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmentalgroup.States that adopt laws to promote clean and efficient vehicles, preventsprawl, and invest in public transit, are helping protect their citizensfrom high oil prices, according to the report, “Fighting Oil Addiction:Ranking States’ Oil Vulnerability and Solutions for Change.””Based on this report, the results for Vermont are mixed,” said BrianShupe, the sustainable communities director and energy co-director forthe Vermont Natural Resources Council. “Despite our green image andreputation for forward-thinking policy, this report shows that Vermontis not among the most innovative states when it comes to taking steps toreduce our reliance on oil for transportation.”The report highlights two critical areas related to our nation’saddiction to oil: vulnerability to high oil prices and implementation bystates of policy alternatives and solutions.Vermont ranks 16th among the 50 states with regard to the specificpolicy steps the state is taking to cut down on oil use, but ithighlights some gaps. The report also shows that the state is relativelyvulnerable to high oil prices based on Vermonters’ incomes. According tothe report, Vermont motorists spent an average of $1,856 on gasoline in2007. This amounts to 5.1 percent of the average income, making thestate the 31st most vulnerable to high oil prices. The report does notconsider oil use for heating.One area in which the NRDC report finds Vermont lagging relates togrowth management and planning.”Several states have an agency that coordinates development policieswith state spending decisions to promote smart growth and avoid sprawl,”Shupe explained, “but Vermont lacks such an entity. We did get pointsfor Act 200 (Vermont’s planning and growth management law), although thestate agency planning requirements of that law have been ignored forover a decade.”The report also noted that Vermont lacks a target for reducing vehiclemiles traveled by Vermonters. Between 2000 and 2005, the average numberof vehicle miles traveled increased by 11 percent.”This is largely because we’re developing communities that are notwalkable and are difficult to serve by transit,” Shupe said. “Greaterefforts to promote smart growth, avoid scattered, low densitydevelopment and invest in alternative transportation are critical toreducing our vulnerability to sticker shock at the gas pump.”According to the report, the five states implementing the mostcomprehensive policies to reduce oil use are California, followed by NewYork, Connecticut, Washington and Pennsylvania. In New England, RhodeIsland, Maine and Massachusetts also rank ahead of Vermont.For a copy of the full report go to www.nrdc.org/media/2008/080722.asp(link is external)last_img read more

first_img Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona secure vital 4-1 La Liga win at VillarrealIt was a remarkable way to end the game as match-winner Ocampos also became the hero at the other end, saving the effort from the Serbian, who himself is famed for stopping goals – not scoring them! The result strengthened Sevilla’s grip on fourth place, with Eibar remaining 16th FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Xi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel Characters5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History The home side’s defence could not clear the ball, which fell to Eibar goalkeeper Dmitrovic whose stabbed effort at goal was saved by Ocampos. You can see the incredible moment below: Monday night’s La Liga clash between Sevilla and Eibar had long appeared to be a relatively straightforward home victory for Julen Lopetegui’s team. Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring for the hosts early in the second half and the team led 1-0 going into injury time, when a chaotic chain of events began. The first was a worrying knee injury for the Andalusian side’s goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, who was forced off the pitch – but Sevilla had no substitutions remaining. That meant that they had to finish with just 10 players on the pitch, with Ocampos the player volunteering to take Vaclik’s goalkeeping jersey to complete the game. Lengthy stoppage time was added due to the time lapse on the injury and Eibar, who are battling against relegation this season, threw everything but the kitchen sink in search of an equaliser – with their goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic encouraged forward as one last throw of the dice. In the 10th minute of injury time at the end of the game, the Basque side pumped the ball into Sevilla’s penalty area and a goalmouth scramble ensued.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more