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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 8,.1979-Page 9
Gas sales may halt on Sundays

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter
administration is considering forcing
gasoline stations to close on Sunday as
part of a program to reduce oil con-
sumption and build public awareness of
the energy crisis prompted by in-
stability in Iran.
Energy Secretary James Schlesinger
told the Senate Energy Committee
yesterday the administration still hopes
voluntary measures will be enough, but
a package of mandatory controls is
being studied.
HE RULED OUT the possibility that
gasoline rationing would be part of a
mandatory conservation program.
Saying he has seen no indication
"that the slide of Iran toward chaos has
been arrested," Schlesinger said the

cutoff of oil from that Mideast country
is forcing the United States to draw on
reserves to make up part of the 900,000
barrels a day once imported from Iran.
"Unless we are able to restock for
next winter, our inventories could be
dangerously low," he said.
THE SECRETARY said oil consum-
ption could be reduced by more effec-
tive use of new supplies of natural gas,
elimination of unnecessary driving and
adherence to the 55-miles-per-hour
speedlimit.
Beyond that, he said several man-
datory measures are being considered.
"We do not know the extent to which
we would need to turn to mandatory
measures if, indeed, they are
required," said'Schlesinger..

HE SAID THE administration is
drawing up a plan now and "by April 1,
we should have firmly in mind, withing
this government, what we are prepared
to do."
"I think the Sunday closing may be a
necessary part of the kind of package
we may have to put together," li'e ad-
ded.
In response to questioning by Sen.
Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), Schlesinger
acknowledged that Sunday closings,
which, the administration could order
under existing law, would be a means of
heightening public awareness of the
need to conserve as well-as a method of
reducing gasoline consumption.
OTHER POSSIBILITIES under con-
sideration are:

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- Setting limits on heating and cooling
in public and commercial buildings.
- Limiting the number of parking
places.
* Barring non-essential lighting such
as advertising signs.
* Pressing for additional conversions
from oil to coal in power plants, and
other industrial'facilities.
Schlesinger said the nation now has a
70-day supply of oil in reserve. At the
time of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the
normal reserve was 54 days, he said.
Asked when he would advise the
President to declare a state of
emergency, Schlesinger replied, "As
we reached 60 days, one should get
quite nervous."

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Alcohol: The fuel of the future?

By TIMOTHY YAGLE
Alcohol has been known as' a prime
fuel for good times since the invention
of ripple.
But now, three University professors
are looking at the possibility fo putting
it to work ina new way. Profs. Jay Bolt,
David Cole, and Donald Patterson of
the Mechanical Engineering Depar-
tment are investigating its gas-saving
and technical advantages in com-
bination with gasoline for car fuel.
A STUDY BY the trio states that
automobiles could be modified with
"retrofitted" fuel tanks, fuel lines, car-
buretors, and other corrosion resistant
components at costs ranging from $145
to $455, depending on the percentage of
alcohol in the fuel (pure alcohol being
the most expensive.)
Patterson said alcohol is attractive as
a fuel alternative, since it can be,
produced from garbage, human and
animal waste, vegetable by-products,
and other organic materials. Gasoline
and alcohol have the same basic
organic structure.
Both methanol and ethanol have been
considered as alternative fuel sources
for over 50 years, Patterson said.
During World War II people recognized
that they could burn it so it was used as
a fuel. Alcohol as fuel became quite
popular around 1973, Patterson said,
when the government realized "we
might have a problem (with our energy
supply)."
PATTERSON SAID anyone can buy
C ommtte e
searches for
Financial
Aid director
BY BETH PERSKY
A search committee is now being
organized to replace the director of the
University's Office of Financial Aid,
who has left campus on an extended
leave of absence to Washington.
Thomas Butts, who requested a leave
of absence from his position a year and
a half ago, has an inter-governmental
personnel assignment with the Bureau
of Student Financial Assistance of the
U.S. Office of Education. He is working
with the Deputy Commissioner of
Financial Assistance.
THE ORGANIZATION of a search
committee for a new director is run by
Dr. Richard English, the social vice
president for academic affairs. The
committee, composed of faculty,
Michigan Student Assemblyf(MSA)
members, and representatives from
the Rackham School of Education,
should be named within a week.
The search process is planned to
begin sometime this month, after the
committee begins receiving ap-
plications.
Prof. Paul Boylan, the associate dean
of the School of Music, has agreed to
accept a vice-chairmanship of the sear-
ch committee. The acting director of
the financial aid position is Harvey
Grotrian, who stepped up from his
position as assistant director of Finan-
cial Aid on Butts' leave of absence.
Rosy Douglas was appointed Monday
as the acting Assistant Director.
Butts, who was very involved in the
mid-income student assistant act, said
in August when he requested a year ex-
tension of his leave of absence that he
hopes to return to the University, but
that he doesn't plan to return as direc-
tor of financial aid.

methanol alcohol by the gallon at
chemical stores for about $1.30 per
gallon. It might cost 30 to 40 cents more
at the gas pump, however, because
methanol provides only half the energy
of gasoline.4
"So if you double those figures," Pat-
terson explained, "you'll get the
relative cost of burning alcohol."
He said a combination of methanol
and gasoline would be sold at the gas

pump as soon as the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) approves it.
The EPA "put a lid on the use of
ethanol" because it smells bad, stings
the eyes and 'it's different,' " Patterson
explained. But it's currently being used
in Nebraska, Colorado and Indiana and.
a group in Adrian, Michigan is
promoting its use here.
"WE REALLY can't advocate the
use of methanol because it doesn't

make economic sense with today's gas
prices," Patterson said. "It doesn't
make any sense to use alcohol on a pure
dollar and cents basis. The government
may have other reasons for en-
couraging its use. They like to en-
courage any kind of development.
Some people are driving around on it
right now, Patterson continued. But,
"Will the car be running 25,000 to 30,000
miles from now?" he wondered.

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(i.e., a quick jaunt to your favorite package emporium or
wateringhole) and ends by downing the mountains (i.e.,
slow slaking swallows of the brew that is Busch).
9 However, between those two points lies a vast area
of personal peccadilloes sometimes called technique
and sometimes called methodology (depending on
your major). Hence, this ad. 9 Sipping vs. chugging.
Both have their merits of course. But generally speak- -
ing, except for cases of extreme thirst or a leaking
glass, sipping is the more prudent practice for serious,
sustained mountaineering. T Next, the proper posi-
co tioni. Some
swear by sit-V6
ting; others by .2
standing. Suffice it to say that the most successu
".io , mountaineers are flexible, so you'll find
.fboth sitters and standers.
(Except on New Year's Eve, S
when it's almost impossible
to find a sitter.) Which
- - brings us to additives. Occa -
sionally a neophyte will
- sprinkle salt in his Busch;
others mix in tomato juice; -
and a few on the radical
uncompromised compromised ie ee a.
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can't be prohibited (this is, after all, a free country), they are
frowned upon. Please be advised that purity is a virtue, and the
natural refreshment of Busch is best uncompromised.
Finally, there's the issue of containers. Good taste dictates a
glass be used But bad planning sometimes prevents that. If you
find yourself forced to drink from the can, you should minimize
this breach of etiquette. Be formal. Simply let your little finger
stick out stiffly (see Fig. 4). Happy Mountaineering!
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