The much-predicted and highly anticipated economic rebound in Asia will give automakers a new profit center and stop currently mounting losses but perhaps poses a new problem: increased pressure on crude oil reserves, says an official with the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE). “We're probably looking at maybe 15 years or so before you begin to see a lot of pressure on gasoline and diesel supplies. The wild card in all of this, one of the wild cars, is economic growth in countries like China or ...

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