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(Studio) President Carter ends South trip with visit to offshore oil rig.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(New Orleans, Louisiana) Gerald Ford's visit to rig last year noted. Carter puts on working gear for visit. Reporter mentions oil well firefighter Red Adalr. Carter's visit seems designed to quiet fears of E. coast envts. who are concerned with regard to offshore drilling there. [CARTER - wants to see oil found and pumped from Atlantic. Hopes that with energy chief Schlesinger and others, states along eastern seaboard will be persuaded to want oil exploration.] President says difficulty in moving oil within United States makes him sure of possible need for new Panama Canal. This still in exploratory stages, but Carter talks of it in New Orleans press conf. [CARTER - guesses new canal might be needed before present treaty with Panama expires, in interest of military and economy national security.] Oil states push for additional tax breaks for oil producers in order to encourage exploration, but Carter says they have enough incentive.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
- Mudd, Roger;
- Schieffer, Bob
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