October 3, 1942


JAMA. 1942;120(5):370-372. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.82830400007011a

Donald M. Nelson, chairman of the War Production Board, on recommendation of the Fuel Oil Committee, has announced that deliveries of fuel oil will be curtailed on the Atlantic Seaboard and in thirteen Middle Western states during the coming heating season. These thirty states and the District of Columbia represent a population of more than 96,000,000 persons, but it is estimated that only about 3,140,000 oil burners exist in these states, so that the population affected is somewhat smaller than appears at first glance. A coupon rationing system has been authorized which will be administered by the Office of Price Administration. Operators of oil burners in households and apartments are strongly advised to convert oil burners to coal immediately whenever possible and not to rely on either electric or gas heating units, since both electricity and gas may be short at different times and places. The necessity for rationing fuel

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