Is There an Oil Shortage?

Straight, Michael
September 1941
New Republic;9/29/41, Vol. 105 Issue 13, p396
Reports on the confusion and misrepresentation related to oil shortage in the United States during the Second World War. Details of supply and demand of oil stock; Report that the use of naval and air patrols to protect convoys will greatly increase the total oil consumption of the Eastern seaboard; Purpose of the curtailment of gasoline consumption; Announcement made by the railroads that 20000 tank cars were available to transport oil; Statement of J.J. Pelley, president of the Association of American Railroads that his group had obstructed the construction of two important pipe lines desired by the oil companies; Report that great deal of confusion could have been avoided had there been a central authority directing the defense program when the issue arose; Statement in "The Washington Times-Herald" and "The New York Daily News" that the entire shortage was nothing more than a show put on for the purpose of making people war conscious; Comments on an editorial published in "The Wall Street Journal," criticizing the transfer of tankers to the British on the grounds that there remained an apparent excess of 500 tankers under British control exclusive of the American tankers transferred.


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