New England's Katrina?

In August it might be hard to think about winter. But in much of New England the rising home heating fuel costs mean that winter is very much on the minds of many. With home heating oil and natural gas prices skyrocketing, many working families in cold-weather states might go cold this winter. "It could be New England's own Katrina disaster," read a Stowe Reporter editorial. The Boston Globe wrote, "A frozen Katrina will be measured in hypothermia cases and malnutrition or unfilled prescript

In August it might be hard to think about winter. But in much of New England the rising home heating fuel costs mean that winter is very much on the minds of many. With home heating oil and natural gas prices skyrocketing, many working families in cold-weather states might go cold this winter. "It could be New England's own Katrina disaster," read a Stowe Reporter editorial. The Boston Globe wrote, "A frozen Katrina will be measured in hypothermia cases and malnutrition or unfilled prescriptions if the poor are forced to spend grocery or medicine money on fuel." There is something that can be done. Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed the Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act which would double funding for the federal government's home energy assistance program. Sanders was able to muster broad tri-partisan support - fifty-two senators, including thirteen Republicans - but some of his colleagues actively opposed legislation. The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel refers to this situation as "a looming energy disaster with lives hanging in the balance."

You can read The Nation article here.

You can read the Boston Globe editorial here.

You can visit the senator's page dedicated to this issue here.