Saturday, July 28, 2007

Imagine having one hour of electricity a day

That's the situation in Baghdad. A very hot climate, where temperatures this time of year are regularly in the 110--130 degree range, and there is an average of one to two hours of electricity a day. To try to obscure this not-so-great fact, the administration and the State Department has started to report the daily electrical output of Iraq as a whole (a not-much better 5 to 6 hours of electricity a day) rather than Baghdad. Where I am, I think it's been a fairly mild summer so far, and I still can't resist turning on my air conditioner now and again. Imagine being in a climate like this, and not having that option. I'd probably go insane.

Read a good article about this here.

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