COAL: Black & White Picture

Will there be a coal shortage in the U. S. this winter?

Said Solid Fuels Administrator Harold L. Ickes last week: "Coal production has been unable to keep pace with the expansion of war requirements. The situation is bad and getting worse."

Announced the authoritative, and equally positive, Bituminous Coal Institute: "There is no coal shortage, and barring further work stoppages there need be none."

In this typical World War II argument over supply & demand, who was right? What were the coal facts?

The Ickes Case. To bolster his warning of a shortage to come, Administrator Ickes let leak some scary statistics: 1)...

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