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Greener Than Though: California. Not So Green?

In Greener Than Thou, Curbed SF has some good, clean fun with the environment— and those who claim a stake in it. Care to put your green up for grabs? Pimp it to us.

Sounds like a ringing endorsement for Prop A to us. Undisputed environmental authority Forbes magazine recently posted a ditty on America's greenest states. Not ranked so high? California. The professional assessment:

At least five of its metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Fresno, appear on the American Lung Association's 2007 list of cities with the worst long-term smog and ozone pollution. And 69% of its major water facilities exceeded their Clean Water Act permit limits at least once in 2005, according to PIRG. That's the 10th worst percentage in the country.Forbes claims to have relied on sources such as the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's energy efficiency scorecard, along with recent data culled from the Energy Information Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. Dropping the names now Forbes, aren't we? Are we having it, California?
· America's Greenest State [Forbes]