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

Environment New Hampshire Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment New Hampshire, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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Power Plants Responsible for Almost 30 Percent of New Hampshire’s Global Warming Pollution

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows that U.S. power plants produced more carbon pollution in 2012 than the entire economies of Russia, India, Japan or any other nation besides China. Advocates at Environment New Hampshire pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

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New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk, Need for Action


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released its latest report on global warming yesterday. The report adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed – and without it, risk to future generations will only continue to grow. Madeline Page, Federal Field Associate with Environment New Hampshire issued the following statement in response:

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New Hampshire’s Clean Energy Programs Avoided 62,000 Cars’ Worth of Pollution in 2012

As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, New Hampshire is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as New Hampshire’s renewable electricity standard and participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center. 

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Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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