THE OIL SHORTAGE

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THE U.S. was in the grip last week of an oil-production shortage that kept it from shipping enough oil to Europe and reduced domestic reserves to dangerously low levels. On its post-Suez promise to deliver 500,000 bbls. of crude oil daily to Europe, the U.S. has thus far made good on an average of less than 300,000 bbls. daily. To make the situation worse, much of the oil has come from U.S. reserve stocks, which have dropped from 284 million bbls. to 254 million bbls. since the beginning of November, and are now below the minimum...

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