“California is now the greenest nation state in the world. But, 10 years down that road, we’ve encountered some unforeseen environmental impacts, twists and turns.
hen new homes cost more to build, older energy-guzzling, deferred-maintenance fixer-uppers gain market value apace. The poor can’t afford housing and new underwater homeowners can’t afford to invest in energy efficiency. Pricier new homes ensure the persistence of older underperformers. Our net gain in efficiency has been less than zero, even without factoring the carbon footprint of ”drive ‘til you qualify” commuters.”
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