More studies on energy costs

 

Last year, Fairbanks alaska had the highest utility costs of any urban area in the country.
 
This year, they are even higher.
 
Fairbanks paid 143 percent more than the typical U.S. household for its utilities in the third quarter of 2012.
 
That's according to a national survey of 304 urban areas in the country.
 
Since Fairbanks depends on oil for both heating and electric generation, the utility costs have mirrored the increased oil prices.
 
Another new study highlights a picture of "two Americas" when it comes to dependence on oil.
 
The study is called Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States' Gasoline Price Vulnerability and Solutions for Change.
 
Alaska was ranked next to last in what it does to curb oil dependence.
 
Connecticut ranked first as the state where drivers spend the lowest percentage of their income, about 3 and a half percent, on gasoline.
 
At the other end of the spectrum, drivers in Mississippi are the most vulnerable to high gas prices.
 
The study was conducted by The Natural Resources Defense Council,  an international nonprofit environmental organization