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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 28, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Energy Committee questions ERDA with regard to studies of natural gas reserves, especially with regard to rejection of optimistic study by member of agency.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report by assistant director of planning for ERDA, Christian Knudsen, predicted huge reserves of natural gas and lower prices; ERDA produced 2 other reports, predicting less natural gas and higher prices. Senator John Durkin claims Knudsen removed from study for refusing to align with industry's cries of alarm and challenges ERDA official who pushed for reports contradicting Knudsen's. [DURKIN - notes possible effects to oil pricing and OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) cartel if Knudsen's report correct; charges study discredited.] [ERDA acting administration Robert FRI - won't allow comments such as this without answering.] [Senator James ABOUREZK - says Fri won't allow anything since he's not running hearing.] [ERDA representative Hugh GUTHRIE - says charges of suppressing report because of harm to oil industry reflects on own integrity, but if charge is made because he thought early release would harm finding solution to problem, he accepts.] Fri denies charges and promises cooperation with outside agency's study of ERDA's own studies.

Cronkite, Walter;
McManus, Jim

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