8 U r Â©bservations A fabte for now. "At last, seeing some pebbles lie near the place, He cast them one by one into the pitcher; and thus, by degrees, raised the water up to the very brim, and satisfied his thirst" Thus did Aesop describe the crow's ingenuity in getting" water out of a high-necked - pitcher. However, that approach isn't strictly for the birds; oil people do about the same thing, but instead of pebbles they inject water, steam, chemicals, carbon dioxide, or gas into sluggish oilfields to recover otherwise unrecoverable oil. If such techniques could coax existing fields to yield an extra 10% of their remaining oil, the result would equal about 33 billion barrels--roughly the amount of America's current proved reserves. That would be worth crowing about. Quiz. There's disagreement over exactly what would happen if the 18 largest oil companies were broken up, as proposed in pending "divestiture" legislation. What do you think would happen? a. Gasoline and heating oil prices would be likely to go up, not down. (T) (F) b. Smaljer companies would have trouble raising capital to develop domestic energy sources. (T) (F) c. Smaller companies would be in a weaker bargaining position to shop for foreign oil we have to import. (T) (F) Â·d. The U.S. would be more vulnerable to a foreign oil embargo or price increases. (T) (F) e. The effect on the total economy could be severe, leading to a new recession and more unemployment. (T) (F) f. Congress would then try to break up large companies in other industries. (T) (F) We're convinced the answers are aH"true~" and we'll be happy to provide further information if you write us. Not everyone may agree; but since it's impossible to pfedict the future with-certainty, the real question for the nation is whether divestiture is a risk worth running. "GOO WORKS W MYSTERIOUS WAYS. MY ONUT THOU6HT WHW UMNED TWS CAR POOL, MISS WILLIAMS, WAS TO SAVE ENERGY." O Progress on Pollution. Smelt fishing has been red-hot off Point Pelee and in Pigeon Bay. Anglers are hooking silvery salmon, trout, and other species. Where? Why, in Lake Erie, which prominent environmentalists pronounced ecologically "dead" a few years ago. Commercial and sport catches there are running into the millions of pounds' each year. Thanks to cooperation from industry and to some 375 federally aided sewage-treatment plants in the last eight years, all the Great Lakes are getting cleaner. Which is good news if you believe, as we do, that a protected environment and industry can coexist. Mobil Observations, Box A, Mobil OH Corporation, 150 East 42 Street, New York, N. Y. 10017 01976 MOM Ol Caponum Up...Wftfi Wrath fry fPamela Swift Explanation for Student Afatny "Why do students not participate in the civic system? Why, after fighting /or voting rights, do students not participate in the. electoral process? There is an obvious answer: students do not know how to use the tools of a democratic society because they have never been allowed to do so in relation to themselves. Students live in an artificial world where they are forever held as adolescents. They are told in the classroom that they must participate in the civic system, but they are discouraged by .endless roadblocks from initiating activities within their own university environment. When students try to organize themselves for civic purposes or for programs to advance their educational experiences, their efforts are often arbitrarily stymied by governing boards, university officials and politicians whose interests do not mirror those of the students." --Consumer advocate Ralph Nader before the subcommittee on higher education, May 7,1976. CIA Popularity A few years ago, when young Americans were dying in Vietnam, CIA recruiters were banned from many major university campuses. Today they are more than welcome, will probably hire this year some 700 clerical employees and 400 professionals. The new student interest in joining the Central Intelligence Agency is undoubtedly the result of the narrowing job market. Students now want job and career security. They also regard intelligence work as adventurous. Such films as "Three Days of the Condor" and "All the President's Men," both starring Robert Redford, have glamorized intelligence with a romance which doesn't necessarily apply to it but seems intriguing to the young. Fewer Linguists Only 10% of the universities and colleges in this country now require one foreign language for admission. Time was when a student had to show knowledge of two foreign languages before he or she was admitted to many accredited U.S. universities. Since 1963 the number of undergraduate students studying foreign languages has declined steadily. Less than 20% of contemporary high school graduates know a foreign tongue. Why the change? One quick answer is that educators are more concerned with teaching students how to structure and write a correct sentence in English than they are in French or Spanish. KEITH RICHARD AND ANITA PALLENBERC Marriage of Convenience After seven years of togetherness and three children, Keith Richard, 32, of the Rolling Stones, and Anita Pallenberg, also 32 and mother of his offspring, have decided to man?, or may already have done so. According to Richard, the major reason for the marriage is convenience. Anita travels on an Italian passport, Keith travels on a British passport; the children eventually will need passports of their own. "After awhile," Richard says, "the roles seem to catch up with yon, so I guess we'll get married. It's no big thing at this point--just another piece of paper. Well probably do it sometime this summer." The Richards and their children currently occupy a villa in Geneva--all the Stones are tax exiles--but also own a house in Sussex, England, into which they may move after their marriage. Originally Anita Pallenberg was the girlfriend of Brian Tones, the Rolling Stone who took too many drugs, went swimming .In his pool and drowned in 1969.
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