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Pat Shingleton: "Pro or Anti - Pane"

1 year ago Monday, February 10, 2014 3:44:30 PM CST February 10, 2014 Monday, February 10 2014 Feb 10, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

Deep south temperature extremes find us cranking up the air conditioners from June through September while "northerners" adjust their thermostats from October through May. Thirty-five states have been impacted due to fuel shortages. Last Fall, Midwestern farmers depleted stocks of propane when they were obligated to dry-out an unusually damp corn crop. Time Magazine reports that supply-chain problems and surging exports last year found twice as much propane being shipped overseas, garnering higher prices. Since last October, Midwest inventories are 5 million barrels below average, creating scarcities from Maine to Alabama. Response from the Federal Government is allowing propane hauling truckers to stay on the road longer.

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