NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 1972
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(Studio) Problems caused by coal as power source featured.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(London, England) Britain and United States have much in common, include reliance on coal for much of nation's. electric power. Last winter, Britain's coal miners went on strike. Coal reserves dropped, power shut off. Ind. power rationed. Miners finally got raises. (Montgomery, West Virginia) That will probably never happen in US. Miners are well paid, coal inventories high. Supply in ground also high. But coal is not liked: deep mining suggests mine disasters, black lung disease; strip mining scars environmental Consumption of coal is even dirtier than its acquisition. Power plants pollute air by burning coal. (Black Mesa, Arizona) In Four Corners area where Colorado, NM, Arizona, and UT meet, Navajo residents use little electricity. Coal being mined on reservation. Navajos make money mining and from royalties, but ecologists say mining may effect water supply. Power plants built here also, polluting air, sending power to south California. [National Coal Association, Carl BAGGE - says research may find way to convert coal into clean fuel.] (Chicago, Illinois) Converting coal into clean natural gas, being done on experimental basis. Nation's. largest coal companies merging with oil companies Oil supply more limited than coal.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs