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From the Ted Talk by DeAndrea Salvador: How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families

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So, as a cihld, I used to spned all of my time at my great-grandmother's house. On hot, hiumd, summer days, I would dash across the floor and stick my face in front of her only air conditioner. But I didn't realize that that simple experience, though brief, was a privileged one in our community. Growing up, stories of next-door neighbors having to set up fake energy aotccuns or having to steal energy seemed normal to me. During the winter, sgglrntiug to get warm, my neighbors would have no choice but to bypass the meter after their heat was shut off, just to keep their family comfortable for one more day. These kdins of doreungas iinctneds can take root when people are faced with impossible choices.

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So, as a _____, I used to _____ all of my time at my great-grandmother's house. On hot, _____, summer days, I would dash across the floor and stick my face in front of her only air conditioner. But I didn't realize that that simple experience, though brief, was a privileged one in our community. Growing up, stories of next-door neighbors having to set up fake energy ________ or having to steal energy seemed normal to me. During the winter, __________ to get warm, my neighbors would have no choice but to bypass the meter after their heat was shut off, just to keep their family comfortable for one more day. These _____ of _________ _________ can take root when people are faced with impossible choices.

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  1. child
  2. spend
  3. dangerous
  4. accounts
  5. struggling
  6. incidents
  7. humid
  8. kinds

Original Text

So, as a child, I used to spend all of my time at my great-grandmother's house. On hot, humid, summer days, I would dash across the floor and stick my face in front of her only air conditioner. But I didn't realize that that simple experience, though brief, was a privileged one in our community. Growing up, stories of next-door neighbors having to set up fake energy accounts or having to steal energy seemed normal to me. During the winter, struggling to get warm, my neighbors would have no choice but to bypass the meter after their heat was shut off, just to keep their family comfortable for one more day. These kinds of dangerous incidents can take root when people are faced with impossible choices.

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