The Folly of Artificial Pricing of Electricity


Our beneficient government-owned power company is today buying American electricity at 53 cents per kilowatt-hour and selling it to us for 5.8 cents. I find this to be a great deal and am using as much of it as I can. Others are being even more creative: in our downtown office towers, thermostats are calibrated for the suits and the female staff all have electric space heaters cooking away under their desks. Says accountant Tara Hodgson: "God knows we don't want to encourage men to wear sandals and short pants or sleeveless shirts." She finishes typing her e-mail with this: "Just for the record, my fingertips are frozen right now. You would think I was throwing snowballs in February." ::Jan Wong in the Globe and Mail