Addicted to oil in Maine – for heating the house

While federal officials try to wean the country from messy and expensive heating oil, Maine remains addicted. The housing stock is old, most communities are rural, and many residents cannot afford to switch to a cleaner heat source. So the tankers pull into, say, the Portland port, the trucks load up, and the likes of Ike Libby, co-owner of Hometown Energy,  sidle up to house after house to fill oil tanks. I have dim memories of my family’s first house in Pocatello, Idaho, which was heated by an oil-burning furnace. I also remember my father’s bitching at the beast every now and then, and having to deal with a dirty air filter. Today’s NY Times offers this look at the state of Maine, where many folks still heat their place by burning oil.


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