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October 10, 1942


Author Affiliations

Fuel Rationing Division, Office of Price Administration.

JAMA. 1942;120(6):472. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830410060022

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To the Editor:—  Enemy action and the greatly increased burden of the war effort have so seriously curtailed the transportation of petroleum products that households this winter can be heated only by limited supplies of fuel oil; consequently the problem of maintaining health in temperatures lower than usual is not only difficult but must be solved to prevent illness. Before the war the East Coast received about 95 per cent of its oil by means of tankers. So many of these tankers have gone down that an extremely serious dislocation in our petroleum distribution system has come about. In view of the resultant urgent necessity to share limited supplies fairly, the Fuel Rationing Division of the Office of Price Administration has drawn up a plan for the rationing of fuel oil in thirty states designated by the War Production Board. The fullest patriotic cooperation of your profession will be necessary

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