Earlier this year, we reported that the Northwest set an ugly record in 2008. The region’s economy coughed up $30 billion to import fossil fuels. Of that sum, fully $13.8 billion was just for petroleum products in Washington State.

$13.8 billion is an astronomical figure. To bring it down to earth, I estimated the spending for each of Washington’s legislative districts in 2008.

  • Spending on oil in Washington, by legislative district, 2008

    District

    Millions of dollars

    1

                          300

    2

                          337

    3

                          252

    4

                          297

    5

                          324

    6

                          277

    7

                          268

    8

                          292

    9

                          274

    10

                          285

    11

                          266

    12

                          275

    13

                          289

    14

                          262

    15

                          272

    16

                          309

    17

                          308

    18

                          331

    19

                          262

    20

                          294

    21

                          272

    22

                  &n
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    ;    279

    23

                          270

    24

                          270

    25

                          299

    26

                          279

    27

                          266

    28

                          273

    29

                          264

    30

                          266

    31

                          293

    32

                          258

    33

                          259

    34

                          261

    35

                          279

    36

                          269

    37

                          268

    38

                          271

    39

                          301

    40

                          289

    41

                          286

    42

                          289

    43

                          272

    44

                          307

    45

                          287

    46

                          257

    47

                   &n

    bsp;      287

    48

                          262

    49

                                288

    Methodology: Spending figures for legislative districts are estimates based on the total oil spending in Washington in 2008 and the share of the state’s population in each district as of April 1, 2008. Estimates assume that each district had equal per capita spending. Legislative district population figures are from the Washington Office of Financial Management, here. Energy spending for Washington is calculated by Sightline Institute based on data from the US Federal Highway Administration and the US Energy Information Administration. (Detailed state-level spending methodology can be found on the Cascadia Scorecard’s “Energy” webpage, here; click on “sources.”) Total spending on fossil fuels in Washington was $16.6 billion in 2008, of which $13.8 billion was for oil.