In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:
Like most debates there are differences in perspectives.
Matty and our other friends on the left are urban or urban suburban dwellers so they have other transportation options (that thye like to have subsidized) and they can connect to natural gas in the streets while folks in the exurbs and beyond need cars to get to work, depend on oil to heat.
As for recycling the exurbs do a much better job then in the urban areas. My town has a pay by bag trash pickup and free single stream recycling, you can be sure that our recycling bin is full and our trash is limited.
Your persepective seems a bit provincial. Proximity has little to do with having either a conscience or the sense of entitlement that some here do.
Lots of exurban homes run on propane fuel - which is cleaner burning than oil. Bio-fuels are a good option. Wood/pellets are similar but at least semi-sustainable.
And though it's true I live near a commuter rail stop, it's not that close to the city and, in any case, would not work for getting to my office. I also travel quite a bit for work, so to make up for it, I carpool or work from home.