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The Heat Is On

January 12, 2012 - Joselyn King
Thank the heavens for the mild temperatures we've had thus far this winter. I'm guessing the above average weather is saving hundreds of dollars in energy costs each month for most households.

There needs to be more of an outcry regarding the rising cost of heating our homes in winter. I bristled when an environmentalist told me this week West Virginians consume 40 percent more energy than they should because the price of energy in the state -- attributed to the abundant supply of coal here -- is "cheap." (His words.)

OK. Maybe I can turn down the heaters and bear the jitters resulting when the porcelain in my bathroom turns cold.

But I wonder if anybody has ever considered that Grandma gets cold easy, and that adequate heating for her isn't a luxury? It's also likely she doesn't have the extra cash to keep her bed warm when January freezes hit.

To borrow a platitude often used during the debates on health care reform -- will Grandma soon have to choose between heat, food and buying her medications?

Forcing people to freeze to conserve the nation's natural resources isn't fair. Congress must work to craft an energy policy that addresses the issue of runaway heating costs, and there must be an answer soon. (Hint -- House and Senate members, look to West Virginia's coal to save Grandma from the cold.)


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