John Messeder

Messeder

About 1973, we were heavy into a fossil fuel shortage. Gas lines were nationwide. In some places, the day you could buy gasoline was decided by your license plate – odd numbers on odd days, etc.

Some people said we were on the verge of running out of oil to make gasoline. The “running out of oil” storyline flew in the face of tankers we could see on the evening television news, anchored off New Jersey and San Diego because they could not dock to unload their black liquid cargo.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at john@johnmesseder.com.

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