Nick Youngman

Blackouts: Not a Very Bright Idea

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Deregulation is the root of the recent spate of power failures.

Who keeps switching the lights off? At the end of September, Italy joined the growing blackout club of Britain, the US, Sweden and Denmark. Since the US led the way on 14 August, all have experienced major electricity blackouts.

And it's not an exclusive club. At the current rate, every country in Europe will soon be a member.

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