Aldy quoted by CNN on why red and blue states divide over green policy
All these patterns of energy consumption and production reinforce the divergence between red and blue America in their exposure to demographic and cultural change, and the transition more broadly to a knowledge-based information economy. Across all these divides, Democrats now rely on a "coalition of transformation" centered on the states and voters that are most directly experiencing these changes, while Republicans depend on a "coalition of restoration" revolving around the places that are least affected by them -- and often most hostile to them as well.
"This is a function of how economies have evolved and diversified," said [Switzer Fellow Joe] Aldy, who served as Obama's chief environmental economist in the White House. "You see over time different areas of specialization around the country."