Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 12, 1973 · Page 18
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 18

Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, July 12, 1973
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It Galisbufa ftegMf^MaiLGdleSbufa, 111, Thursday, July1.2, 1973 AAA Survey More Gas Now But Still Short fey United Press International 'Filling stations in scattered Ureas reported there still Wasn't enough gasoline to go around, but across the country there was more available than there has been at any time this Summer, the American Automobile Association (AAA) said Wednesday. "While gasoline supply and distribution inequities continue to inconvenience motorists and dealers to some degree in every area of the nation, most dealers expressed considerably more optimism than the statistics reveal," the AAA said. Survey Shows The AAA said its survey of gas stations along major travel routes in the United States showed 46 per cent were operating at normal hours and allowing motorists to fill their tanks; 48 per cent reported closing early, and only 10 per cent were still limiting the amount of gas a motorist could buy. Motorists in less populated areas were warned to make sure they have enough gasoline, especially evenings and weekends, when many gas stations are closed. Short States The gas supply was reported short in Colorado, Rhode Island, Maine, Florida, Oregon, the District of Columbia and parts of Pennsylvania. In other developments, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to require confirmation of the appointment of Colorado Gov. John Love as President Nixon's special assistant on energy policy. The 88-4 vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Thomas J. Mclntyre, D-N.H., allows Love to remain in office until the Senate acts. Addition The amendment was added to a bill intended to clear the wayj for construction of the trans- Alaska oil pipeline. The bill was scheduled for a vote early' next week. Western Airlines and Continental Airlines meanwhile filed a joint application to provide one-plane service between Anchorage, Alaska, and the oil| centers of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, claiming, "The energy needs of the nation would be uniquely served by such a routing." Resume Delivery In New City, N. Y. a spokesman for the Sun Oil Co. said the firm will resume deliveries of Sunoco gasoline to three independent dealers who were forced to shut down last week when thiey ran out of gasoline. He s>aid administrative problems had claused the company to stop supplying the independents on June 26 and denied it was an aittempt to force them out of business. SPECIAL PURPOSE - The RAE-B spacecraft, being mounted to the Delta launch vehicle at Cape Kennedy, is NASA's device for probing little-understood, low frequency radio noise in our galaxy and beyond. Its antennas are as tall as the Empire State Building. Radio Astronomy Explorer, it's called. NEA O.T. Johnson Co., Galesburg's Greatest Store Since 1862! SHOP O.T.'s Gas Shortage Has Benefits PeopleForget By DICK WEST WASHINGTON (UPI) - I've been trying to tell everybody the gasoline shortage was a good thing. Now maybe they'll believe me. FRIDAY & MONDAY Other Days 10 to 5. The Lighter Side Aquaskims • PAT f NT PF NDING .the new water way to fun and recreation. This week we got the news that the gasoline shortage in this area was over. And look what happened! We, immediately got hit with an air pollution "alert." Officials began broadcasting appeals to motorists to form car pools, switch to public transportation and otherwise avoid unnecessary driving to help save the environment. Which are the same things they were urging us to do last week to help save gasoline. Walk Either Way Thanks to increased supplies, we no longer have to walk because we are out of gas. Now we have to walk because there is too much gas. This is why I say a gas shortage is a good thing. It's probably the only way to save the environment. Public appeals to curb pollution are largely ineffectual. You can't persuade people to stay off the streets simply because they are choking of exhaust fumes. Given a choice between asphyxiation and riding the bus, most commuters will opt for the former. You've got to force them off the road with a dry tank. This attitude is not so much a matter of perversity as an outcropping of what I call the "Fiddleworth Factor," which is a psychological quirk named in honor of Wally Fiddleworth, the Washington representative of a large industrial corporation. They Drove A couple of years ago Fiddleworth invited me to lunch. He picked me up in a chauffeured limousine and we drove approximately two blocks to a restaurant. (This is a distance some of the more intrepid lunch parties have braved on foot.) All during the meal, Fiddle­ worth had the chauffeur keep the motor running so the air conditioner would remain on and we could return to a cool car. Whenever I am being urged to help reduce air pollution by doing less driving, I know that all the while I am making the sacrifice Fiddleworth will be somewhere having lunch with the motor running. That realization puts a distinct chill on my ecological fervor. The Fiddleworth Factor is probably the main reason why voluntary anti-smog programs don't work. Since nearly everyone knows a few Fiddle­ worth types, hardly anyone is willing to inconvenience himself for the sake of fresh air. READ THE WANT ADS! Livings the Greatest In Your Own Back Yard BUYING OR BUILDING LET HOME SOTUVCS Making Home Loans Is Our Business When You Finance Your Home . 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