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Carter / Energy Plan / Senate #254320

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) With Senator tearing down energy plan, President Carter takes case to people in unscheduled appearance before White House reporters
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President speaks to meeting of International Monetary Fund and World Bank, saying it's critical that Congress enact strong energy policy. Later at White House, he praises House for resisting oil industry pressure and calls on Senator to do same; cites cost of natural gas deregulation to consumer by 1985. [CARTER - notes price that energy plan would allow to producers, being enough to encourage exploration and development Says it's time public interest prevailed over special interest lobbyists. Calls on Senator to act in interest of American people and reject special interest attacks on all segments of national energy plan.] President praises majority leader Robert Byrd and expresses confidence in final outcome; but gives warning he'll go over congress heads to public in attempt to defeat special interest of oil industry
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) Senate floor fight with regard to natural gas price controls prompted public appeal from Carter, but is only part of trouble energy plan has in Senate
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Comparison and contrast of energy plan measures as taken up and acted upon by House and Senator; these include crude oil tax, gasoline tax, gas guzzler tax, coal conversion tax, natural gas price controls, balancing utility bills and home insulation credit. Finance and Energy Cmtes. in Senate have killed some legislature passed by House [Senator William ROTH - thinks main problem with program is that it's tax increase plan not energy plan.] [Henry JACKSON - says Senator makes some changes, but fundamental thrust of Carter plan will remain.] [Energy Secretary James SCHLESINGER - notes energy plan hasn't made as much progress as administration would like, but demise of plan has been predicted and reported before, but hasn't occurred, and he doesn't expect it to do so.] House majority leader James Wright's comment re: ntl. energy policy as moral equivalent of war noted.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) Senator votes 77-17 to shut off filibuster with regard to natural gas price controls; actual vote on controls expected later in week
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Bradley, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter

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