Why are western state so much greener then eastern states?

Question by Šänd: Why are western state so much greener then eastern states?
Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas, California, Nevada, Washington. They are all super green the east is hardly green at all why is this?
Yes you idiot Kansas, Wyoming and Nevada. Las Vegas energy comes from solar and hydro power. There are wind turbines all across Kansas and Wyoming. I am not apologizing for your ignorance.

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I'm guessing it's sunstroke.

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  1. Andy L. says:

    Nevada is mostly a desert, as is the western sections of California west of the LA greater metro. Wyoming also has many dry desolate areas. Kansas is midwest. Arizona is mostly desert. North Carolina is filled with trees and grass, as is virginia and upstate New York at least. I am not sure where you are getting your information about greenier. Plant growth is seasonal and certain areas of California into Oregon have temperate weather year round. Here is a section in Connecticut known for vast greenery: http://www.tlgv.org/more/more-subpage.html
    Penn Valley in Pennsylvania is as green as the eyes can see in the spring and summer months: http://the-adam.com/adam/airports/4z2-jyh.jpg
    Maybe you were in East Coast places that were not green, or visited in the winter months.

  2. gcnp58 says:

    Kansas? Wyoming? Nevada? Green? Really? Here is one set of rankings of “greenness” done by Forbes:

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/16/environment-energy-vermont-biz-beltway-cx_bw_mm_1017greenstates_2.html

    Your list of green states doesn’t even come close to an objective reality. Colorado and Idaho aren’t in the top ten, Wyoming is 37th, Kansas is 31st. Oregon is tied for first, and Washington is third (behind Oregon and Vermont), but seven out of the top ten are from the east coast.

    Edit: Before you start hurling insults, you need to learn how to do research. Here is a ranking of per capita carbon output by state:

    http://www.eredux.com/states/?sortBy=carbon_percap_invert&sortOrder=ASC&rows=53

    If you sort, you will find that of the list you provide (e.g., Nevada, Wyoming, Kansas), many are all way way down on the list, meaning their energy use per person is far above other states. So while you may think Nevada is a “green” state, it is not by any conceivable objective metric. The same goes for Kansas, and Wyoming is the *worst* in the nation. Furthermore, as in the original link I provided, many of the top ten states with the lower carbon footprints per capita are from the northeast, not the west. Now you can keep on acting like a brat, or you can go collect some facts for yourself and understand I am not the one who is ignorant, you are. I apologize for being the first person in your life who has told you that not everything you think is precious and special, but there is an objective reality and you would be well advised to understand that cold hard facts will get in the way of what you want to be true. Insulting people who tell you that you’re wrong is often the second course of action. The first would be to learn something. Or you can remain clueless. Tough choice. Sucks to be you. Have a nice day.

    One last thing, here is a map of the top ten renewable energy producing states:

    http://www.eia.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/state_profiles/r_profiles_sum.html

    and there is a table giving the rankings. These do show a clustering in the west, but that’s because of hydropower. All of the states with high renewable fraction have lots of hydroelectric dams (NY has the Mohawk/Hudson generating, probably some at Niagara too, I’m less familiar with that area). But keep in mind hydro power has some significant ecological impacts of its own, and generating electricity that way has little carbon footprint, but there is a huge loss of habitat and natural resources. Maybe what you meant to ask is why is hydropower located in the west. But even so, Nevada, Kansas, and Wyoming are not on the list in the top ten for renewable power.

  3. Ken G says:

    Let’s remember that air currents generally travel from west to east as an effect of the rotation of the earth.

    The Rocky Mountains divide those western states you list in a way to cause the Pacific air to rise and cool and precipitate rain just west of the mountains. Thus the air east of the Rocky Mountains has mush less moisture.