California “Dead Zone”: … The Force is strong with GOP leaders these days. When George W. Bush says the economy’s teetering (“The president also said that the country faced a long-term “energy crisis,” a comment he repeated four times.”) and when Dick Cheney says we’re on the “front end of a recession,” why then, it must come to pass! When Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says tries his hand at precognition, well …

Abraham acknowledged that the West’s energy crunch, which has resulted in sporadic power interruptions in California and soaring electricity prices across the region, will not ease anytime soon.

“The problem will get worse, and blackouts this summer appear inevitable,” said Abraham. He projected that peak demand for electricity this summer will outpace supply in the state by 5,000 megawatts.

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