ENERGY: And Now, the Chillout

THE much-discussed U.S. energy crisis often tends to sound like a fairly distant event that may well be avoided by wise planning and careful allocation of resources. But last week the crisis became all too real. In scattered sections of the nation there were cold schools, unfilled jet-aircraft tanks, empty propane containers and a hasty scramble among high state officials to arrange emergency delivery of precious fuels. Just as the nation's utilities have been forced to conserve electricity in recent summers by staging "brownouts," so they and the fuel industry at large...

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