Here's the headline on a Wall Street Journal story today about changes in American patterns of electricity demand:
Possible choices for the rest of the paragraph are:"Americans are using more gadgets, televisions and air conditioners than ever before. But, oddly, their electricity use is barely growing, ..."
OK, you peeked, and know that the real answer is (d). No heavy-weather point here, and for the record I admire most of what is on the WSJ's news pages, even as I marvel at most of what is on its editorial pages. (And to be fair to the author of this story, several paragraphs down she works in a "to be sure" passage: "The slower pace of growth in electricity use may be helping the environment, since most of the nation's electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels. But it has power companies scrambling to trim spending or redirect capital investment...")(a) "... reflecting hard-won efficiencies in electric-power use by industries and utilities."(b) "... raising hopes that economic growth can coexist with reduced resource-use and greenhouse-gas emissions."(c) "... which together with increased shale-gas production may hasten the era of 'energy independence' for the United States."(d)"... posing a daunting challenge for the nation's utilities."