SUPPLY: Coping and Hoping

While oilmen and Congressmen were debating the subject of profits, the energy crisis continued to shape the destinies of diplomats and bureaucrats, motorists and householders. Among last week's major developments:

PRICES. The Commerce Department announced another sharp jump in retail fuel prices during December, ranging from 4.4% for gasoline to 11.4% for home heating oil. Americans now pay about 20% more than they did a year ago for gasoline and motor oil, and nearly 47% more for heating oil. Many people are paying even more than that; Internal Revenue Service agents found...

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