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California Leads in Gas Alternatives

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Aired 4/19/09

An environmental group says California leads the country in offering alternatives to gasoline. But the study says the state could be doing more.  KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has ranked all 50 states according to how their citizens are affected by rising gas prices.  

And the report considers the effectiveness of state efforts to promote gas alternatives.

The NRDC's Devon Lovaas says California is a pioneer in the use of efficient vehicles and clean fuels.

But he says the state isn't doing as well in two other areas.
Lovaas: If you look at the ranking you see that they get checkmarks almost across the board. What's interesting is that they don't get many checkmarks, actually none, for their smart growth and transit polices. So that even for the leader in this ranking on the policy side there's still some room for improvement.
As gas prices rise, the NRDC says the addiction to oil threatens the U.S. economy and the environment.

It says new polices are needed to increase the availability of efficient vehicles and clean fuels.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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