New York and California: Best Environmentalists, Worst Air? Discuss.

Quiz question for today:

How is it that California, specifically the L.A. area, and New York, specifically the Manhattan area, home to some of the most environmentally conscious liberals on the planet– land where smoking is banned at all places indoors, and even outdoors in some towns, people drive kumquat powered hybrid cars (California), use public transportation en masse (NYC), get night sweats over cow flatulence, and spastic colon over drilling ANWR, can have air in their own backyard that is among the nation’s most toxic?

Bonus question:

Why don’t they move?

Answers due by Friday.