SHORTAGES: Oil Easier, Gas Tighter

At long last, some of the nation's energy problems showed some improvement—but others were getting worse. Although lines of motorists at service stations in parts of the U.S. provided highly visible evidence of a deepening shortage of gasoline last week, the more serious scarcity of home-heating fuel appeared to be ended, at least for the time being. An unusually warm winter, combined with dedicated conservation by Americans, has cut demand for heating fuel by about 11% below previous forecasts. Heating-fuel storage tanks are brimming over, even in the Northeast, which has been the most severely afflicted region. Best of...

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