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Energy Crisis / Truckers Protest #24385

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 05, 1973
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(Studio) Truck drivers demanding lower fuel prices and higher speed limits disrupt traffic with blockades in Mid. West and E. states.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(S. Bend, IN) Blockades shown throughout Mid. West states. Truck drivers react bitterly to fuel situation.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(DE, New Jersey border) Truckers block Delaware bridge, blocking traffic route from DC to New York. Truckers react to reasons for protest. After presenting list of grievances to newsmen, trucks pull out.

(DC) Truckers' demands reach DC. Cost of Living Council directs IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to survey truck stop diesel fuel prices along interstate hwys. in 16 states. Department of Transportation to investigate complaints of fuel price gouging. [Cost of Living Council deputy director James McLANE - states strong enforcement action to be taken if illegal diesel fuel prices discovered. Penalties outlined.] [Cost of Living Council director John DUNLOP - requires refineries to increase price of home heating oils and reduce gasoline price.] Additional charge for home heating oils to be passed to consumer.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Dobbs, Greg;
Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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