• Carl F Thelin Posted: 6/22/2009 6:08pm PDT

    Richard - this stuff is no surprise. In 1980 when i was traveling the country on business, I saw that the two coastal city groups (Maine to Florida and Seattle to San Diego) had lots of imported cars around. Everywhere in flyover country (liberal put down description)there were only Chevy, Ford and Plymouth and other "real cars" and pickups. Nothing new here.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 6/22/2009 7:36pm PDT

    True, there's not much new here--although I think it's still really interesting to pick apart the data and consider why those areas in the center of the country tend to be as "green-resistant" as they are.
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    Since I hail from one of the towns that made the "bottom ten" list, I know from experience that even today, there's a lot of xenophobia at work--fear of foreign influence and such. There's also a fear of repairs: to this day, my father doesn't understand why people buy Toyotas because he thinks no one knows how to fix 'em. And my father's a pretty smart guy--a professional and all. He should probably know better.
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    On the other hand, why have the coastal areas gone greener faster than everyone else? Higher fuel prices? Less need for heavy vehicles? Greater need for smaller vehicles? An all-consuming need for status symbols?
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    No, there aren't really any surprises, but it's always nice to see statistical proof that verifies what you've always guessed or assumed.