Hearings into power rate increases are on again, and the talkback lines crackle with the usual dismay. "When will it stop?" comes the plaintive cry.
"I can't afford to both heat and eat."
"Business will be crippled."
"Why can't the government do something?"
Some answers. First, it's not going to stop. Not until we're into another mode of energy and things stabilize.
And the government is, in fact, doing something: caving in to public and business pressure to keep rates from rising faster. But that just damages its policy of moving Nova Scotia to the world of energy efficiency and alternatives where we need to be.