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Late in the autumn of 1973 energy or the lack of it grabbed headlines like never before It was not until the war between the Arab countries and Israel that the United States noticed a sharp decrease in our oil supplies This was due to the fact that we - the US - were supplying aids and weapons to Israel Arab who produced the majority of the worlds oil decided to punish us by cutting off our oil shipmentsIn November of the same year President Nixon appeared on live television to inform the United States public about the crisis He informed the people they were going to have the most crucial energy shortage since World War IIIn order to conserve energy there were a few emergency polies being enforced These new rules were said to help everyone get through the shortage but they ended up having the opposite effect A few of the policies included lowering highway speed limits to 55 miles per hour in hopes of saving gasoline Also factories worked shorter shifts and air travel time was cut by about 10 percentDuring this time children were effected a lot Nixon ordered that clocks were not to be turned back an hour late as they usually were in October Instead the US was to stay on summers daylight savings time in order to conserve energy Therefore kids had to go to school when it was still dark Some children carried with them flashlightsChristmas was a very sad time in 1973 People were unable to use Christmas lights or any other electronic decorations in order to save energy The President announced that because of the crisis the lights of the national Christmas tree would not be turned onIncrease of prices made it hard for families to buy things and pay bills Demand for oil created hardships for gas station owners as well There were long lines of cars snaking for miles and impatient drivers starting
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