Coping with rankings

Houston, energy capital of the world, ranks 39th among the 50 largest US cities in the ability to cope with natural disaster or the economic pressures of-gasp-$100/bbl oil, says a recent study by, formed in 2004 to promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable environmental planning.SustainLane uses several criteria in ranking US cities, including such measurable factors as air quality, water quality, and housing affordability, as well as less-specific items such as “green economy,” climate-change policy, and “city innovation.” Houston lost points for traffic congestion; New York tops the 50 cities in terms of transportation because of its subways, whi...

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