ENERGY: The Frigid Nightmare

Americans have been warned since 1970 to expect serious winter fuel shortages, but in the past two years relatively mild weather enabled the nation to stretch its thin energy supplies far enough to cover nearly all heating needs. This year, as many areas shiver into the beginning of what meteorologists forecast will be a long hard winter, the nightmare of cold furnaces is becoming real. Although most homes probably will be well heated, the shortage could disrupt the economy by forcing some factories, stores and offices to close.

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