Lights Out America

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by Laura E. Huggins

I thought $400 per month to heat my house in Montana was high, but "one month's electricity bill at the Department of Labor topped a MILLION dollars," according to D.C. reporter Andrea McCarren.

So how much are the federal agencies' electricity bills costing you? Using the Freedom of Information Act, McCarren and crew requested six months of utility bills for more than a dozen federal buildings in DC.

The results: between $200,000 and more than a million a month. Much of this racks up from keeping empty buildings illuminated at night--including the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.

What was that Obama was saying last night in the State of the Union address about being stewards of our precious energy resources? (Hat tip: E. Frank Stephenson)

Huggins is a research fellow and former director of outreach with PERC as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her association with PERC goes back several years, although she has recently embarked on a new venture as the manager of economic initiatives for the American Prairie Reserve. Huggins coauthored...
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