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Energy Crisis / Insulation Shortage #249099

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) Congress conference committee on energy bill has agreed on measures to help public in getting insulation, but problem is that right now, there's not enough insulation material.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Morristown, New Jersey) Reasons for shortage of insulation material noted, despite incrd. product Largest firm in business, Owens-Corning, reports product up 50% over last year Contractor Tom Heines, who owns Heines Insulators, Incorporated, expanded in anticipation of sales boom; now says he can't get enough material. [HEINES - says warehouse usually full. This is great opportunity, but can't take it up because of lack of supply.] Retailers have trouble getting any insulation at all. [Morristown Lumber Company merchant Robert SEIBOLD - has to put customer's name on list; 1st delivery expected in January, but maybe not even then.] Hsebuilders.' concern is that insulation mfrs. say shortage will continue for mos. or years, if present demand conts. Hsing. experts say if customer can't find insulation or price is too high, he should use weather stripping, caulking and storm sashes, since up to 70% of heat loss is through windows and doors.
REPORTER: Mitchell Krauss

Cronkite, Walter;
Krauss, Mitchell

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