Geological reality, not Waxman-Markey, is what is making energy “scarcer and more expensive.”
The otters were scarcer than the beavers, but were hunted much in the same manner.
In a few months, good liquor will be scarcer than an electric blanket in hell.
The woods were scarcer; and the oaks were all bent by the wind from the sea.
Work was growing scarcer and scarcer as the winter advanced.
Not by strikes, during the continuance of which food is scarcer than before.
But man-of-war's men are scarcer, my friends, than hen's teeth!
You don't see bought books lying on the tables, as you used to do when I was a girl, and they were scarcer and dearer.
Many of the scarcer examples of Bartolozzi have been imitated.
The deeper they went the scarcer became the indications of artemisium!
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.