A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 24, 1979

Long before oil started to become as costly as gin, before the quest for "alternate energy sources" became the moral equivalent of war and before he started writing this week's cover story on "The Cooling of America," TIME Contributor Jack Skow bought his first woodburning stove. A city boy who now lives in rural New London, N.H. (pop. 2,943), Skow offers a modest explanation for his extraordinary foresight. "I was one of the first in town to get a wood stove, in 1973, because I went broke from electric heating bills." Since then,...

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