The various factions seem to be waiting to worsen an already unstable environment.
In fact, by demanding too much, you can often worsen the chances for a deal.
I suspect these are real possibilities, should the shortage continue to worsen.
"to make worse," Old English wyrsian, from the root of worse. The reflexive sense of "to get worse, become worse off" first attested 1795 and elevated into literary use c.1800-30, where formerly worse (v.) had served. Related: Worsened; worsening.