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  RANK # PoS   WORD SPOK FIC MAG NEWS ACAD
1 20800  J    TAKE-HOME 406 78 18 140 103 67
2 20801  J    ANTECEDENT 445 15 10 40 7 373
3 20802  J    INTERCONNECTED 421 16 36 128 50 191
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10 20809  N    SQUALL 452 40 166 138 76 32
 

needless power plants, created shortages of power, degraded the ozone layer, and worsened climatic change. Across the straits in Taiwan, back-alley shops today make unrefined scrap copper into impure, high-resistance wire for cheap motors, houses in Taipei, and fluorescent light fixtures. On the surface, these products look like money savers. Actually, the substandard wire is crippling development: A 75kilowatt motor made with it might appear to be $1,000 cheaper, but its inefficiency costs the national utility more than $30,000 for extra power plants and lines. Inefficient refrigerators and motors are the tip of a vast iceberg on which Asian development threatens to founder. Today, herculean plantbuilding efforts can't keep up with burgeoning populations and wealth. Increased demand for air conditioning alone probably adds 20,000 to 25,000 megawatts to the Asian region's peak load every year -- equivalent to half the peak load of all of New England and New York state combined. In many developing Asian countries, brownouts

 
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