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The Clarendon Press, November 18, Page8 Anyway, Congress finally got on the ball about getting o legislation passed to help alleviate the fuel shortage we seem to be having. It's amazing what one little fuel shortage can do for a bunch of legislators who have done very little or nothing about the fuel situation before. The Alaskan pipeline, which had been fought tooth and nail be thousands of ecology buffs, finally got through Congress and will in all probability be OK'ed by the president before too long. Another bill, giving the president powers to take emergency measures in case fuel gets too low, passed earlier, and it, too, will probably be signed by Nixon. That these bills did get passed shows the speed our legislative body can use if it so desires and if something is deemed important by all those voting in Congress. But what hacks me off is the fact that this shortage was completely unnecessary and could very easily have been prevented, and in fact should have, been prevented. There is no earthly reason that we should have gone from the land of plenty to the land of zilch within a year's time. I hesitate to lay the blame upon the ecologist movement, but I would guess that is where some of the blame must go. I am somewhat of an ecology nut myself, and have worked a time or two in a glass and aluminum recycling drive, so I know whereof I speak, as the saying goes. But the squawk and scream by the ecology people has evidently made many and manya voter or politician ecology conscious, so that any bill like the Alaska pipeline or bill favoring the big oil companies (perish the thought that I should speak for the oil companies) was severely frowned upon, and thus did not pass. The big push in favor of the oil companies started on TV a few months ago, when commercials started showing oil refineries in green fields and in unpolluted lakes and all that. Then other commercials of the same ilk came up, and suddenly the ecologists were not sole possessors of public sympathy. Anyway, what the whole kit and kaboodle boils down to is that somewhere we are going to have to draw the line between countryside and civilization. We must decide what amount of spoilage is necessary for a decent economy and act accordingly. And acting accordingly now is the main thing, since we have got to get enough fuel for the winter. If people start going cold in their own houses then we will really start to see some screaming. And if I'm one of those getting cold, you'll see a lot of that screaming done in print. Fuel shortage forces emergency shipment The state of Texas, responding to a "serious" diesel fuel shortage, has started directing emergency fuel shipments to those in distress--a move not supposed to start until December. Forced into early action by a failure of the federal program on middle distillate (diesel, jet fuel, heating oil) allocations, the Texas Railroad Commission is reacting tO a sudden increase this week in emergency calls for fuel. The shortage has spread from farm fields in the Panhandle to oil drilling rigs to Texas shrimp boats stranded in Florida, according to Alvin Askew of the Railroad Commission. "We have farmers who have their crops,in the field, and their tractors are sitting dead. They're just fiat out of fuel," he said. "We have been unable to get relief from the federal government, so we are doing it ourselves," Askew said Wednesday. He said that he was confirmed privately that Louisiana and Florida are taking similar action. Askew said under the federal program, which is "failing because of inadequate staffing," Texans were supposed to get the same amount of distillate fuel in November as they got last year. Those who did not get enough fuel to meet their immediate needs were authorized, beginning Dec. 1, to contact the Railroad Commission. The state agency could then request the Department of Interior to divert fuel to the emergency situation, up to a limit of 10 per cent of the state's total fuel consumption, called the "state reserve." Askew, in charge of the state's emergency allocations, said he has already directed fuel shipments this week, even though the federal program lawfully has not begun. "Everyone is short of fuel," Askew said in explaining the fuel situation. "The most imminent need is for agriculture. Many farmers have problems that cannot be resolved," he said, in planting and harvesting. Askew said the Department of Interior regional office in Houston, responsible for Texas and six other states, has only a staff of four to handle all the mandatory allocations programs on propane and middle distillates, plus the voluntary allocations of gasoline. The Houston office is aided by a district office in Denton. Texas problems that cannot be resolved are referred to the Railroad Commission for emergency treatment. Conservation urged for new crop load Farmers in Donley County who bring additional land into crop production in 1974 are being urged to use sound conservation practices. Monty Sowers, district conservationist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service at Clarendon, said conservation measures not only protect the soil from erosion but also increase production. Some people are predicting farmers will bring several thousand acres of former 'set.aside' acreage back into crop production in Texas in the next year. This is considered to be the best and quickest way to check food price increases. "But it's also the quickest way to increase dust storms, sediment pollution, and other erosion problems unless sound conservation measures are installed," Sowers pointed out. "There Is a lot of land in our Soil and Water Conservation District which can be used for crop land safely if managed properly," be said. "Yet there are other soils which are so susceptible to blowing or washing that they should never be used for crop production." The conservationist said he hopes farmers will use soil survey information available from his office before putting new land in cultivation. "Soil surveys have been made on the majority Of the land in Donley County," Sowers said. "These surveys show which soils are best suited for crop production and which soils are most susceptible to erosion. They can also show which soils are most productive." SCS is giving top priority to helping farmers plan conservation measures on new land brought into cultivation.' For information, contact the local SCS office in Clarendon, telephone 874-2335. Mu Gamma chapter aids drive The Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will participate in the 1973 Multiple Sclerosis Drive here Sunday afternoon. Members of the chapter will go from door to door seeking contributions for this cause. Contacts will be made between 2 and 4 p.m. Crises Shortening Crises Oil 38 Oz Bottle 6Lb c. $2.49 ._..$1.19 Kraft Whole Sour Mayonaise  Pickles 98 Jff Aunt Jemima Peanut Butter Corn Meal  White or 18 OzJar 69 00SLba,g 6 Ad Effective Nov. 19 thru Nov. 24 Monday thru Saturday CLOSED THANKSGIVI Hunts Yellow Cling Peaches Sliced or 2/79 Halves #2V2 Cans Lucky Leaf Red Sour Pitted Pie Cherries .oo 2/79 Cans 2 Lb Bag Lean & Tender Blade Chuck USDA Good 8 CLIFFORD GROCERY WITEt THIS COUPON 2 .pound Can of o | Maryland Club CoffB_e f $1.90 w.,o=oo.,o. $2.25 c.zxP,m NOV. 30, 1973 Each ttuce Arizona Large Firm Heads 1 Lb Cello Pkg 33 Beef Roast et Potato Canned Hams 4 Can " L_.b.b Colorado Red Delicious Pascal Large Stalks USDA Grade "A" Frozen Vacuum Wp App les 4, Chicken i I _.ns ExtraNice;T2.; Lb ' 19(00 ; 25 USDAGrade A Extra 9Oz00, 37 Ocean Spray k er_.s_ ..o4at Cranbernes Shurfresh fully c ed No Bone Armour Star USDA Grade "A" Self Basting with butter 7 ttoss. 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