15 Apr '11, 6pm

Top 10 greenest states—how does yours stack up?

Okay, as a nearly life-long Best Coaster, I get the ranking of CA, but OR and NV? Get real. Here in OR we use over twice as much electricity per household as is used in CA, in spite of our mild weather and the fact that cooling a structure is much less efficient than heating it. If you’re counting green buildings, we only have them because we are knocking down thirty-year-old buildings in order to replace them with LEED certified ugly structures that we then heat to 76F; when the embodied carbon costs are added in these buildings are losers. Heck, we don’t even enforce the weak building codes we have on the books. Don’t even get me started on the amount of recreation-based gasoline and diesel consumption here. Even in much-lauded PDX fully two-thirds of the city has absolutely no one getting around by anything but cars; add in the surrounding suburbs and their bike scene i...

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