This column appeared in The Financial Post and Telegraph Journal:
For those fortunate enough to vacation in Europe this summer, that continent is an attractive destination: walkable city cores, history around every corner, architecture and art – and for those who indulge in such things, great food and drink. There is much to explore and admire.
But Europe’s lure for tourists shouldn’t blind us to the reality of a continent where families are often asked to pay exorbitant amounts for basic needs, including energy. That has led to what is known as “energy poverty.” That’s where many are not able to afford household power bills, especially in winter but also during summer heat waves.