Who’s More Energy Efficient: Red States Or Blue States?

Red state vs Blue State: Energy Consumption and rat's asses.Personally, I don’t give a rat’s ass but if you do, here’s a link to “Red States Are Less Energy-Efficient Than Blue Ones: Another Partisan Divide?” The last thing we need to do is to push both sides further apart – blue states feeling all superior and red states caring even less about energy efficiency. [GTM]


Energy Efficiency: Making It A Red States VS Blue States Thing Isn’t Going To Make It Better

Red States vs Blue States on Energy Efficiency

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Yesterday, Grist.org posted an article, Why are all the ‘most efficient states’ blue states?, about the correlation between how states voted in the 2008 election and how they fared in American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s recent study on the energy efficiency of each state. The article explains how the blue states are more energy efficient and tended to vote for Obama whereas the red states are less efficient and voted for McCain. One of the comments below the article sought to push the blue vs red further by also comparing the same map of the US to draw the same link to obesity rates in each state.

Grist’s comparison is interesting but my fear is that articles like this magnify the differences and will only make the red states redder and the blue states bluer. It’s the greasers vs the socs all over again and it’s pushing both sides further apart. The solution has to transcend politics.