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Carter / Press Conference / Energy #251605

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 22, 1977
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(Studio) At press conf., President Carter says he'll fight for gas tax in Congress, but leaves option of gas rationing open, if tax doesn't pass.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Carter denies suggestion gas tax is only for use in bargaining with Congress [CARTER - says he's committed to tax and it won't be much, if Americans conserve. Says gas rationing is alternative if he feels national security endangered, as with embargo.] Some economists say inflation will increase, but President says it will be less pronounced. [CARTER - cites figs. and results with regard to economy impact of energy program.] Carter is asked with regard to Vice President Mondale's criticism of Gerald Ford's criticism of Carter's handling of SALT negotiations. [CARTER - doesn't feel threatened by Ford's remarks, but Mondale has right to express opinions.] 1 reporter notes Carter's recent television appearances. [CARTER - agrees with reporter that there's danger in too much press coverage; notes attendance at press confs. is voluntary and that this week's activities probably won't be repeated.] Later Carter meets with Senator Russell Long of Finance Committee, with regard to tax bill. Carter has said he may veto it because Senator kept business tax credits.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) Some opponents of energy plan to air objections on network tonight; time noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Preview of program, with views of Republican national chairperson William Brock, Senator Harrison Schmitt, Ralph Nader, American Petroleum Institute president Frank Ikard and United States Chamber of Commerce president Richard Lesher. [BROCK - cites objections to gas tax.] [IKARD - cites objections to price controls and regulations.] [NADER - disappointed that Carter didn't propose legislature to keep oil companies from getting monopoly control of all energy forms.] [LESHER - says plan won't encourage energy production.] Comments show there's little general agreement with regard to energy, other than that there is a problem.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

Bradley, Ed;
Mudd, Roger;
Serafin, Barry

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