FUELS: That Other Shortage

With oil problems taking all the headlines, it is easy to forget that the U.S. is also short of its second most important fuel: natural gas. But the fact is that a gas gap preceded the oil shortage. Indeed, because some industries have switched from virtually unobtainable gas to merely scarce oil, one shortage has actually aggravated the other. Right now, natural gas still accounts for 33% of U.S. energy consumption, powering thousands of factories and heating 40.1 million, or 53% of the total homes. Some of those users must do without because, the Federal Government estimates,...

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