Location Efficiency and Housing Type

According to this EPA study, regardless of the type of housing, living in an area with good transit access saves more energy than building a “green home”. Of course, living in a mixed use, transit accessible apartment that’s also energy efficient uses the least energy, but it’s important to realize how limited the potential for cost-effective energy efficiency is in a sprawling suburban context.

Understanding the Republican Party’s Reluctance to Invest in Transit Infrastructure

A great look at the geography behind the Republican demonization of mass transit.  To a large degree in the US cities are democratic and the exurbs and hinterlands are republican.  Since so much of our transportation funding gets funneled through the federal government, this means cites spend a lot of time getting screwed.  Policy decentralization would help a lot.