The Gas Shortage of the 1970’s - Oh, The Madness!

By Rebeka Knott
UNITED STATES - MAY 06: Paul Pierson with signs during New Jersey gas shortage. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

I was in elementary school during the oil crisis/gas shortage of the 1970’s. I wasn’t overly concerned at the time since, as a kid, I wasn’t driving so I didn’t really have a horse in that race. My parents, on the other hand, had their concerns. My father had to get to work everyday at all costs. Calling out was not an option; his work ethic wouldn’t allow it. We were fortunate to have two cars so it all worked out, although it was still a huge worry. A lot of people were of the opinion that the shortage was unnecessary and purely political, but the fact remained that gasoline was scarce.