The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 12 1979-Page 5
Diesel-fuel shortage spreading nation-wide
By the Associated Press real foul-up of our food production and spokesman for the institute, said There have been no reports of dis
sel-fuel shortages are spreading distribution system," the agriculture distillate supplies now stand at an "ex- tions in the trucking industry, but
s the country, endangering farm commissioner of Georgia, Tommy Ir- ceptionally low" 117 million barrels, California Energy Commission rep
tions from Georgia to the vin, said before Bergland's announ- down 14 per cent from 1978. a rash of complaints about truck s
tas, coal mining in Montana and cement. The Carter administration has asked refusing to sell fuel to drivers of die
nercial fishing off the coast of FARMERS USE diesel to run trac- refiners to push distillate production powered automobiles.
ington State. tors and other big farm equipment. Ex- now to build supplies of heating oil for . The operators of the Colstrip Min
hough not as visible as the long cellent planting weather has compoun- next winter. eastern Montana, one of the nati
at gasoline stations in hardesthiroblaeas.Georia, one of l "Obviously, this makes the gas largest coal mines, said this week t
iesel shortage could have a weather have delayed field work in situation worse, but diesel will probably are faced with immediate produc
ering economic impact. much of the Midwest taking the improve markedly within the next cutbacks because of a lack of fuel
RICULTURE SECRETARY Bob u of e ie coule of months," said Ross giant trucks and earth-moving eq
an epne etra ya- pressure off diesel supplies. cupesf' onh, smentos"Web"
and responded yesterday by an- However, there have been spot shor- DIESEL-FUEL shortages are met. "We have managed to find a
cug that the Department of tages attributed to distribution producing problems in several other thousand gallons here, a few thous
gy would guarantee farmers 100 areas, too. By guaranteeing diesel for gallons there. We need 10,000 gallo
ent of their diesel-fuel needs. If programs throughout the Midwest, and farmers, the Department of Energy day," said Chat Oliver, gen
sary, he said, the government will diesel suppliers have warned that the mghbegratnghserbes mngrathein
refineries to move diesel into real crunch will come la ter, when far- might be aggravating those problems. manager at the mine,
ultural areas. mers fire up irrigation pumps, which
sy shortage of diesel fuel could use up to 800 gallons of diesel a day. '
icantly reduce the size of har- The American Petroleum Institute, AIt
create a tight supply situation an industry group in Washington, said DAILY EARLY BIRD MATINEES-Adults $1.50
esult in serious market disrup- the diesel shortage, like the gasoline DISCOUNT IS FOR SHOWS STARTING BEFORE 1:30
Bergland said, shortage, is rooted in reduced inven- MON. thru SAT. 10 A.M. sI 1:30 P.M. SUN. & HOLS. Noon ti1 1:30 P.M. -
mers and farm organizations had tories of crude oil, said to be down 15 EVENING ADMISSIONS AFTER 5:00, $3.50 ADULTS
warning for weeks that diesel per cent from last year. Monday-Saturday 1:30.S:00, Admission $2.50 Adult and Students
ges could have a major impact DIESEL FUEL and home heating oil Sundays and Holidays 1:30 to Close, $3.S50 Adults, 2.50 Students
m production. "We could have a are distillate fuels. Earl Ross, a SundandTNoriday s tCde, $3.50 Cuts$25 Sunts
Sunday-Thursday Evenings Student A Senior Citizen Discounts
Carter plan regulates non-
WASHINGTON (UPI) - President
Carter will get the machinery going
soon on the only part of his contingency
energy plan Congress approved -
regulating temperatures in non-
residential buildings, a White House of-
ficial said yesterday.
The official, who would not be quoted
by name, said regulations will be draf-
ted to carry out the plan, which
Congress approved this week.
Carter lost three other contingency
energy conservation proposals.
Congress killed plans for emergency
standby gasoline rationing, control of
advertising lighting and weekend
closings of service stations.
The thermostat controls would limit
cooling to 80 degrees in air-conditioning
months and heating to 65 degrees in
"COMPARATIVELY minor discom-
fort" is the only harm from the plan,
Deputy Energy Secretary John
O'Leary told the Senate Energy Com-
mittee earlier this year.
Carter has said people can get used to
the changes by regulating their mode of
But, some businessmen already
complain Americans won't shop in hot
stores or eat in hot restaurants.
John Karomis, manager of a Colum-
bus, Ohio seafood restaurant, said,
"The customers are not going to like it
at all. Eighty will be too hot. I had it on
75 yesterday and had three people walk
out. It is going to be bad for business."
But Carter said the plan would cut air
conditioning costs and within 30 days of
its implementation reduce fuel use by
the equivalent of 589,000 barrels of oil a
Slowing down is more than another 2C a gallon. And a well-
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a great way to save gas and gallon more.
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