The cost of our oil addiction

New Hampshire is one of the most oil-dependent states in the nation. Families are paying more than ever for our addiction to oil. With our cold winters and rising global demand, oil dependence takes an enormous bite out of our paychecks and our economy. But the prices that we pay at the pump are only a fraction of the true costs of our addiction to oil. 

We pay for it with our lungs, every time we breathe in air pollution released by cars and trucks.

We also pay for our oil with our beaches, coasts and oceans.  In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and contaminated thousands of miles of coastline. And in 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline spilled and dumped 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, which runs through the national park.

It doesn't have to be this way. And in 2011, Environment New Hampshire and our allies made encouraging inroads in our effort to break America's oil addiction.

At 54.5 mpg, a big move to get America off oil

Last summer, in the wake of the Yellowstone spill, our staff and allies got straight to work, mobilizing 10,000 people to voice their support for cleaner cars that use less oil.

The Obama administration responded with fuel efficiancy standards for cars and light trucks, finalized in August. The standards represent the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming.

The standards will cut carbon pollution from vehicles in the United States by 270 million metric tons—the equivalent of the annual pollution of 40 million of today’s vehicles—and save 1.5 million barrels of oil every day.

What You Can Do: Ten Tips to Get Off Oil

Strong fuel efficiency standards are critical to reducing our oil dependence. However, small changes can also add up to a big difference.

Check out our Top 10 Tips to use less oil and shrink your carbon footprint.


Issue updates

News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Report: wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

CONCORD, NH -- The carbon pollution equal to that of Merrimack Station—the state’s dirtiest power plant—could be eliminated in New Hampshire if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment New Hampshire. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

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Report | Environment New Hampshire

More Wind, Less Warming

Expanding wind power across the country could cut as much global warming pollution as 254 coal plants produce in a year, according to a new report, but Congressional action is needed to make that expansion a reality, clean energy advocates said today.
 

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

New Hampshire Urges Action on Climate

Concord, NH – Today, New Hampshire, along with 13 other states, praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule to clean up global warming pollution from power plants. Power plants are the largest source of the carbon pollution fueling global warming, accounting for about 40 percent of total emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan will set the first federal limit on such pollution.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

New Hampshire clean air groups deliver 8 millionth comment to clean up power plants

As the public comment period on the Clean Power Plan closes today, New Hampshire groups supporting climate action joined colleagues from around the country to deliver a symbolic “8 millionth” comment supporting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Defends EPA Action on Climate

On Monday evening, Attorney General Joseph Foster joined 13 additional states and the District of Columbia to stand up for new EPA regulations on global warming pollution. The attorneys general jointly filed a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, defending EPA against an attack launched by Murray Energy Corporation, a coal-mining company. Travis Madsen, State Global Warming Campaign Director for Environment New Hampshire, issued the following statement applauding the states for their leadership.

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