With a growing number of energy experts saying we should look to Europe as a way to both balance our energy needs and protect the environment, now comes news that not all is going well overseas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in England, where a recent article in the UK Daily Mail noted that electricity demand could outstrip supply this winter plunging many into darkness without heat. The last time this occurred in the UK was in 1974, and back then households had to manage with candles, factories were put on short time, and TV broadcasts had to end by 10:30 p.m. Since it would take just one of the UK’s 38 major power stations to go down to cause such a winter blackout, maybe following Europe’s lead isn’t such a pleasant idea.

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