The Mideast War: Now, a Change in Wasteful Habits

To lessen demand for electricity, 750,000 lights have been removed from federal buildings in Washington. Officials in St. Paul, facing severe fuel shortages, plan to close schools in January and February. Seattle City Light is offering awards to customers who show the greatest improvement in scaling down electrical usage. First prize: five telephone poles.

If the Arab nations carry out their oil cutbacks, the U.S. could wind up 2,000,000 bbl. short of the 17 million bbl. that it consumes each day. Energy experts in government, business and academe have been pumping out suggestions to help consumers conserve fuel. For example, one immediate...

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