Oregon Better Positioned for Rising Gas Prices

The Oregonian covers a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that puts Oregon 35th on the list of states most impacted by gas prices.

According to the report, the average Oregon resident spent 4.8 percent of his or her income on gasoline in 2007. That was one of the lowest in the nation, placing Oregon at No. 35 on a list where 50th is best. By contrast, residents in the worst state, Mississippi, spent 7.8 percent of their income on gasoline.

“As was the case last year, the hardest-hit states are in the South,” the report said, noting that “as oil prices go up, citizens in the vulnerable states feel the pinch more.”

I don’t see any mention in the report of the difference between urban and rural Oregon, which I would think must be immense.

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