Washington, D.C. — Consumers and businesses throughout the nation are facing heating bills two or three times higher than those last winter. California is facing an electricity reliability crisis that could cripple the state economy. Power plants, transmission lines, and natural gas pipelines are stretched to their limit in many states. And U.S. oil imports surged to around $120 billion last year, nearly $440 of imported oil for every American. Is this the time to scale back national energy efficiency programs?