Hong Kong is making half-hearted efforts to save fuel. There is no real shortage in?
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Background: Hong Kong is making half-hearted efforts to save fuel. There is no real shortage in the Colony, thanks to additional supplies from China, but restrictions are now being placed on street and display lighting at certain hours. Street lights are being turned on later while householders are asked to economise.
The famous neon lighting is as bright as ever. A total ban has been postponed because of the possible effect on business. The authorities admit, in fact, that switching off neon signs saves only marginal amounts of fuel. The main impact is psychological.
So every night at 1030 signs must be switched off despite protests form night club owners who insist the tourist trade will be hard hit. Otherwise the fuel crisis is virtually unnoticed. The government has plans for further cuts, including a ban on Sunday driving and even petrol rationing.
But so far there have been no serious shortages for fuel. Two months supplies are stockpiled. Even government requests to cut down on the use of electricity have been tempered by assurances that the situation is not liable to get any worse.