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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Technical innovations sought for safe small-car travel By GUV HALVERSON Christian Science Monitor D.C. Many U.S. highway safety ex- jerts are concerned that the ncreased sales spurt in small impelled by the energy may boost the nation's iccident rates. At issue in the small-car design struc- Is it too engine lurability. very dimension of small Does this smallness particularly in hazardous driving conditions make them more risky than larger Some car safety experts argue that there is a need to renew the push for such technical innovations as air bags and stiffer fuel tank stan- dards in the wake of the small-car boom. Production of small U.S. even apart from the energy has been soar- ing up to about 40 percent of all new cars this pared with 26 percent of all new cars in 1970. Within the next year or two compacts and subcompacts may well reach 50 percent of all a startling change away from a 30-to-40-year trend of large passenger cars in the U.S. Many whatever their suggest that small cars are particularly suscepti- ble to serious injuries to oc- cupants in accidents. The Washington-based In- surance Institute for Highway Safety several years ago test- crashed four domestic U.S. small cars against four large cars made by the same manufacturers General and American Motors. In each the passenger compartment of the smaller cars was substantially penetrated. This never happened to the larger car in the front-end tests. Statistics compiled recently by the Highway Loss Data In- Crash test Ford safety men wire a dummy in preparation for a crash test on a small car. 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A report recently prepared by the University of Michigan's highway safety research institute concluded that the upsurge in small cars lead to a greater number of As to small the report held involved in an ac- the chance of injury in this car increases at the rate of about 2.5 percent for each decrease of 100 pounds in vehi- cle WEIGHT Main causes for the the report were the lower car weight and the lack of protection from the interior size. Many car design stress that the pre- sent danger in subcompacts comes from the very mix of the road itself. A small car is obviously at a temporary disadvantage in the present car says Dr. Patrick M. a pro- ject engineer who heads up crash worthiness studies for the N.Y.-based the former Cornell University aeronautical laboratory. In the long says Dr. there will be improv- ing safety for small-car users as they become a larger part of the total car mix as manufacturers introduce new structural changes. FIRST TO SIGN UNITED NATIONS The United States Friday be- came the first country to sign a new UN treaty designed to protect diplomats and high government officials against terrorist attack. U.S. Am- bassador William Schaufele said the U.S. hopes other countries will act a similar sense of By VICTOR K. McELHENY New York Times Service NEW YORK or wood the poisonous bane of unwary drinkers during is receiv- ing serious scientific attention as a ver- satile energy source for an energy- short United States. The attention is serious enough to elicit detailed rebuttals within the oil in- which bases itself on hydrocarbon not alcohol. One billion gallons of methanol are manufactured from natural gas each year for the U.S. chemical industry. Proponents of the which has two-thirds the heat potential of gas- note that the liquid can be moved and used in the existing equip- ment of a petroleum-fired in- cluding electric power home furnaces and automobiles. STRETCH SUPPLIES They suggest that up to 15 per cent methanol can be added to for thus stretching scarce supplies and actually improving mileage and performance while reduc- ing the cars' emissions of pollutants. A more remote they would be to manufacture methanol from natural gas on Alaska's North Slope and add it to the hot petroleum of the now-approved Alaska thus reducing the temperature and poten- tial environmental danger of the pipeline fluid. The proponents do not suggest that methanol be diverted from its present uses in the plastics and plywood because one or two billion gallons would not stretch very far in an economy which burns 100 billion gallons of gasoline per year. they say that methanol could be manufactured in large quantities within a few years as a byproduct of coal-gassification plants. Over a longer in this methanol manufacture could be a significant step toward basing the American energy economy more on renewable sources of energy. Methanol could be manufactured from city and farm sawdust and other scraps from and the fast quantities of lignin discarded by paper mills. One of the leading enthusiasts for a is Dr. T. B. Reed of the Lincoln Laboratory in which is an arm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reed and his colleage. Dr. R. M have been experimenting with methanol mixtures in gasoline for small cars for the last six months. The two offered a review of methanol's potential in the current issue of the weekly journal of the American Association for the Ad- vancement of Science. David Garrett of the Environmental Protection Agency gave a paper on the methanol economy at the semi-annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago last August. He wrote of the possibility of building by 1980 six coal gasification plants which would turn out methanol for electric power and 20 more which would produce methanol to stretch gasoline supplies. He noted that each of these plants would cost million to but that they would be no larger than the big oil refineries being built today. Two-thirds of the plants' output would be he said. Methanol also was the subject of a review by two researchers of the Texas A. M. University in the Dec. 17 issue of the oil and gas journal. Commenting on enthusiastic dis- cussions of the methanol an oil industry expert who asked that his name not be said that the shor- tage of capital for investment in the energy industry was even more critical than the energy shortages themselves COAL is he why not invest that money in producing gasoline from he said oil in- dustry analyses showed virtually iden- tical costs for gasoline and the amount of methanol needed to deliver the same heat value. The oil industry expert said he did not think methanol would play much role in propelling motor vehicles. 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