Dépendence US à l’énergie bon marché

Les U.S. dépendent d’énergies bon marchés plus que tout autre peuple. Ils commencent leur descente aux enfers maintenant avec le pétrole: gaz, gaz naturel, électricité, transport aérien… Si rien n’est fait, nous (Canada) seront les prochains. Série de 4 articles sur la destruction de la demande…

[EnergyTech] As if record gasoline prices weren’t causing enough consumer pain, Americans are expected to face skyrocketing electric utility bills this summer that may force as many as six million low- and middle-income families to seek government and utility assistance, twice as many as historically seek aid. Some could even die.

That’s according to Michael Wolfe, executive director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NAEDA), which represents the state directors of the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “You’re talking about 30 million families, a third of all families” in the U.S., Wolfe told EnergyTechStocks.com as he emphasized that every U.S. household with an income of about $35,000 a year or less could feel the pain.

[2 de 4] Already suffering from record gas prices, and with record electric bills on the way this summer, the third act of Americans’ energy nightmare will be played out next winter, when record heating oil bills will threaten to crush millions of low- and middle-income families.

“The government is going to have to step in and heavily subsidize this winter,” Mark Wolfe, executive director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NAEDA), told EnergyTechStocks.com. NAEDA represents the state directors of the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

[3 de 4] “I call it a cancer,” Anderson told EnergyTechStocks.com. “First you go from three shifts down to two, then down to one. You start postponing maintenance and open up new plants in China and the Philippines.” Before long, Anderson predicted, much, if not most, of America’s basic manufacturing will be done abroad, with only final assembly performed in the U.S. An untold number of jobs will be lost, he emphasized, along with the tax revenues many states and municipalities need to survive.

[4 de 4] Urban utilities “are having nervous breakdowns” over the idea of uncompensated service, Wolfe said, in part because they expect their state commissions to force them to carry more non-paying customers on their rolls. While he didn’t name names, in Part 1 of this series Wolf indicated that bill-paying will be a particularly big problem for residents of major cities such as New York, Chicago, Detroit and New Haven, Conn. (For more, see Part 1 of 4)

Wolfe said the second problem caused by the rapidly rising price of energy is that utilities, especially in Western states, will see their rapid growth rates disappear. “There’ll be a real halt to growth,” Wolfe said, a statement that clearly doesn’t bode well for a consumer-driven economy like America’s.

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