NEW ENGLAND: The Meanest Winter of the Century

Though the energy crisis will cause disruptions in the lives of most Americans, none will be hit as savagely as New Englanders. From the rugged woodlands of northern Maine to the gilded suburbs of southern Connecticut, the region faces what could be its meanest winter of the century. Devastating shortages of oil are likely to bring widespread factory shutdowns, soaring unemployment, electricity blackouts and genuine physical hardship. Echoing the view of many worried New England officials, John Drew, Massachusetts' energy adviser, says: "We are sitting on top of a disaster."


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