Lights out on US energy policy

Where were you when the lights went out?If you were in much of the Northeast and Upper Midwest US and Canada Aug. 14, you might have been dealing with the thundering hordes spilling out of office buildings and stores, getting frustrated over lost productivity, and seeking relief from the August heat.In this writer's case, the biggest blackout in North American history was a situation to observe via TV and PC while toiling away in the refrigerated comfort of one of the giant iceboxes Houstonians call homes and offices most of the year. From the vantage point of a state that has a comfortable surplus of electricity even as its millions of air conditioners work overtime in triple-digit t...

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