Science: Coal Joyride

Through Pittsburgh streets a procession of three flivvers, bearing five U.S. Senators and a Representative, tooled showily one day last week. The fuel that drove their cars gurgled into carburetors from glass jars exposed to public view. And the passengers had the air of men participating in an epoch-making event. Reason: the gasoline in the jars had been made from coal.

The Congressmen were members of a joint committee on war minerals, looking into a possible solution of the impending U.S. petroleum shortage. The show was staged by Dr. R. R. Sayers, director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. But despite all...

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