While it is no surprise that the U.S. is the single largest user of oil, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club, and the League of Conservation Voters plotted out oil consumption in the U.S. by county, according to an article by Todd Woody of Forbes.
In a rather eye-opening report released Thursday, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters plotted gasoline use by county, finding that just 108 counties – out of 3,144 – in the U.S. account for more than 10% of the nation’s oil consumption.
This report, while pointing out the top oil-using counties in the U.S., will help the NRDC target regions in the country that have the most potential for reduction in oil use:
“Consumption per person in these top oil-guzzling counties can give help further with targeting; those counties with high per-capita consumption levels afford the biggest opportunities for reductions,” he added, advocating efforts to offer more alternatives to driving and improve access to mass transit as well as improve the fuel efficiency of cars.
This report is a helpful tool for anyone interested in finding out their local area’s oil consumption or is interested in finding ways to lower their oil consumption. There is even an interactive google map created by the Sierra Club:
If you want to check out how fuelish your county is, check out the interactive Google map the Sierra Club put together.
Read the whole article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/09/27/the-10-most-oil-addicted-counties-in-the-u-s/