RUBBER: Oil v. Wheat

The U.S. citizen received a strong hint last week that his tires may be confiscated. That, indicated WPB's Don Nelson and Rubber Tsar Arthur Newhall, is just how bad the rubber situation is. There is not now even enough rubber for all war purposes. There will not be enough—certainly not enough for civilian purposes—until well into 1944.

Where is the synthetic rubber? asked the U.S. Jesse Jones, on the Congressional rubber carpet again last week, squirmed and upped his estimates (of how much there should be, some day) from 800,000 to 1,000,000 tons a year. WPB had just told him...

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