CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1978
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(Studio) Celebration of Sun Day in United States and 30 other ntns. in support of developing solar energy noted. Films and drawings shown. Impt. of sun examined; sun worship by ancients and uses of solar energy presently cited as exs. Earth Day organization Denis Hayes' concern with administration emphasis on nuclear, rather than solar, energy and his organization of Sun Day stated. [HAYES - says Sun Day supporters try to get even break for solar energy in national priorities of US.] Ecclesiastes quoted; Sun Day's beginning with sunrise at Cadillac Mt. in Maine noted. [Singer John DENVER - sings song about sunshine.] Scenes from around country shown. Sun Day snowstorms in NM, Kansas and Oklahoma and flooding in New Orleans reported Film shown. President Carter's arrival in cloudy Denver, Colorado, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Denver, Colorado) West support for Gerald Ford in 1976 presidential campaign noted, and Carter's present troubles in area due to farm and water policies mentioned. Purposes in visiting area reported as due to these reasons and because of his wish to visit site of Solar Energy Research Institution at South Table Mt. Donation of gravel road to site by city of Golden, Colorado, cited. Displays arranged for Carter to view at research site described. Rptd. confusion over reasons for Carter trip mentioned. [Research Institution director Paul RAPPOPORT - thinks there's not much confusion about trip. Notes Carter's planned mtgs. with solar energy experts and own thoughts that President wants to learn more about it.] Carter's comments at research site outlined. [CARTER - states that no one can control the sun power; it won't run out and isn't pollutant; that sun power needs only to be collected, stored and used.] Carter's upcoming stop in California, where he'll make appearances with Governor Jerry Brown, who has already made much of solar energy issue, noted; Brown's potential challenge of Carter for 1980 Democrat president nomination mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) Use of solar energy in California reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Los Angeles, California) California Governor Brown's support of solar energy and state's tax incentives for its use outlined. [Los Angeles energy coordinator Mark BRALEY - says effects so far have been trivial.] Mfrs.' reasons for difficulty in selling solar energy devices to consumers listed. [Solar panel manufacturer Howard KRAYE - notes problems consumers have with initial cost of solar equipment.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
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