Nation: Carter: Gas as a Gag

Good news about shortages can also be bad news

The nation's gasoline situation is beginning to resemble a good-news-bad-news joke. The good news: the shortages that appeared menacing in early May have eased, just in time to promise that the majority of motorists setting out on Memorial Day drives could find enough fuel to get home again. That is also the bad news: the improvement is likely to lessen pressure on the Administration and Congress to work out a coherent energy strategy. On the Administration side, the Department of Energy continues to go through...

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