sorry to hear your son-in-law and daughter may be having some difficulty. It will get worse before it gets better, Obama said that and everyone with any common sense agrees.
if he's a mechanical engineer (or just a good engineer) there will be lots of energy related opportunities for at leat the next 2 years, and probably well beyond. It will eally take off if the tax code is modified with tax credits or some mechanism to incent energy efficiency in homes and businesses...and the freakin' banks start lending!
It may well be that utilities will begin to finance, or simply pay for, long term efficiency improvements; if their tariff rates are decoupled. Decoupling is coming along with implementation of the the Plan for an Energy Efficient America. If that comes about those who tarry will pay more while those who get with the program and save energy will also pay more per kWh or therm but will use less so it balances out.
Make lemonade out of lemons.
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