NEW MEXICO NEWS CONNECTION - A statewide news service for New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM - May 29, 2007- Gas prices in New Mexico are setting new records as the "summer driving season" begins, and they're higher here than almost anywhere else in the country. Gas prices are reaching new all-time highs, and New Mexico is getting hit worse than almost anyplace else in the country. Carol Oldham with the Sierra Club says many New Mexicans who have to drive bigger vehicles, like farmers and ranchers, can really feel the pinch, and that ends up hurting the rest of us too, Click to Hear oldham1.mp3 ("It hurts our economy, it hurts our environment and we really need to make sure that we're really getting the bang for our buck and I think that the best way that we can do that is to increase our fuel economy standards.")
A bill in Congress could raise fuel efficiency standards, but Oldham says it has a number of loopholes that still need to be worked out. Meanwhile gas prices are uncomfortably high with no end to the pinch in sight. In New Mexico, the average price over the weekend for a gallon of regular was about three-forty-six (according to gasbuddy at http://www.gasbuddy.com/GB_Price_List.aspx ), twenty-six cents higher than the national average. Only a few states have a higher average price for gas, and prices in New Mexico are rising.
Oldham says the technology already exists to make big improvements in gas mileage. She says, Click to Hear oldham2.mp3 ("This is not something where we don't know how to make a car get 45 miles to the gallon, we were doing it 15-20 years ago, we just really need to start doing it again.") Visit the New Mexico Sierra Club at http://www.sierraclub.org/nm/ .