May 14, 1943

OPA Urged to Issue Fewer
WASHINGTON, D.C,—The Office of Price Administration (OPA) has issued more gasoline ration coupons in the seventeen East-coast states than can be covered by the current supply it was announced yesterday. Harold Ickes of the Petroleum Administration for War (PAW), who made the announcement, urged the OPA to “…stop issuing coupons against which there is no stock of gasoline.” Ickes said his job is not to dictate to the OPA how to issue coupons or determine rationing, rather to inform the organization of how much gasoline can be provided. He indicated he foresees no easing of gasoline restrictions in the East and went on to say, “I wish I knew how many drafts have been issued against our bank account of gasoline that couldn’t possibly be honored.”

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