July 8, 1942

Shortages Must Not Slow War Effort
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt yesterday stated that worsening situations in the war may necessitate the requisitioning of all tires in the United States, including privately owned tires. He acknowledged rubber-collection efforts have improved and hopes seizure of tires will come to be, but it is too early to assess the overall effectiveness of the collections. FDR indicated the issues of rubber shortage and gasoline rationing are interrelated. He admitted that the issues being separately addressed has not been successful, but he emphatically stated that his objective is to save the nation, not rubber or gasoline. The president said no decision has been reached as to whether or not a nationwide gas rationing system would be implemented to conserve rubber.

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