Tuesday, September 20, 2005

That didn't take long

Kunstler's right on track:

Officials predict home-energy crisis as winter heating bills skyrocket

Public officials are warning that record-high energy prices coupled with lower federal heating-assistance funding could result in a heating crisis this winter for low-income and elderly people.

"There is an imminent emergency confronting millions of low-income Americans unable to afford the cost of rising energy prices," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Federal officials are forecasting an expensive winter. The Energy Information Administration, the statistical branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, predicts heating oil to be between 29 percent and 33 percent higher this winter than last winter, and natural gas to be 52 percent higher than last winter.
At a news conference yesterday at the Cranston home of Aram A. Ohanian, Reed and representatives from the state Energy Office and community action programs, called attention to the looming crisis for low-income families.

"In winter, we call it the heat-or-eat dilemma," said Darlene Lemoi, weatherization program director for West Bay Community Action.

Many people will be faced with the difficult choice of paying for food or paying their heating bills, she said.
They may as well go to the grocery store. If this winter is anything like the last two, there isn't a chance in hell they'll be able to cover their energy bills. And if you think they were slow in responding to Katrina, just watch the Feds on this one. Nothing easier to ignore than a slow, untelegenic crisis in the blue states.


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