Left Coast Diary: SUV the Planet

by Henry Payne

Monterey, California — You can’t tell a book by its cover. And you can’t tell a state by its Green religion.

California elites preen as the country’s greenest citizens boasting of their environmental ordinances, organic diets, and high Prius population. But look beyond northern Californian’s hybrid-limousine liberals, and the auto population doesn’t look much different than anywhere else: SUVs, minivans, and large sedans dominate the highways.

Why? Because gas prices are about the same as anywhere else, too ($3.70 for regular in the San Fran Bay Area).

The Left Coast is like the Detroit Free Press,– which hands out a “Michigan Green Leaders” award every year, then complains with frontpage headlines every time gas jumps 20 cents. I’ll believe California has really gotten religion when they vote to tax themselves to a European-style $8-gallon gas.

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