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Painted Into a Corner

Painted Into a Corner

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Dwane Powell


Reprinted in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 1974 

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In 1973, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to withhold shipment of oil to countries that supported Israel in the ongoing war between OPEC countries (and Syria and Egypt) and Israel. The embargo was lifted in 1974, but OPEC took additional measures to increase the price of crude oil on international markets, making the price of gasoline for the consumer skyrocket. Referred to as the Energy Crisis, these events exposed the dependency of the West on the oil of Arab countries. Western economies suffered severe economic recession coupled with inflation. Because of fuel shortages, many consumers waited hours in line for gasoline. Blackouts and energy shortages made everyday activities like heating a school or powering a factory subject to interruption or complete shutdown. The lack of a viable alternative source of energy worried many who wondered how the country would continue should OPEC decide to withhold oil again.


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University (Reprinted by permission of Dwane Powell, San Antonio Light.)