December 13, 1943

Military May Demand More
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Petroleum Administration for War (PAW) stated yesterday that any gasoline quotas in the new year will be “…entirely dependent on war needs.” PAW administrator Harold L. Ickes made the statement in conjunction with an indication that an increase in gasoline rations for the public is unlikely. Unexpected needs by the military may additionally require reductions in the current motor fuel quotas in some regions of the country. Both the Pacific and European theaters are demanding more gasoline than anticipated, especially the high-octane fuel used for aircraft. However, the PAW indicated that supply problems seen in the past have been “licked,” so transportation will not affect rationed quotas, only a sudden increase in military needs may necessitate a reduction in public supply.

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