CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 14, 1969
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(Studio) Senator begins confirmation of Nixon appointees. Controversial appointed AK gov. Walter Hickel for Int. Secretary appears tomorrow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Not smooth transition from Stewart Udall, Secretary of Int. to Walter Hickel. Hickel faces toughest confirmation fight any cabinet member has ever fought. May not be confirmed by 1/20. [HICKEL - impression he isn't friend of conservation came from press. Wants to show record to Senators] Challenges raised by Senator William Proxmire. [PROXMIRE - Int. Secretary must be man to protect national environment from exploiters. Concerned about oil ind.; Hickel's indicated he's soft on oil.] [HICKEL - have no oil leases, not in oil business.] Senator George McGovern recalls Hickel remark about not caring about conservation for conservation's sake. [HICKEL - land locked up for conservation's sake no good to anyone. Timber rots when not utilized. Man can improve on nature. Didn't use government power for own business interests.] Hickel built multi-million dollar empire. Will be questioned on favoring business interests over interests of AK citizens and Alaska land.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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