NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1972
View other clips in this broadcast →
Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.
(Studio) Electrical power cut 5% in New York City as heat wave continues and Consolidated Edison Company moves to keep demand for power from exceeding supply. Last night parts of New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, VT, and New Hampshire were blacked out due to thunderstorm.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Eniwetok, South Pacific) Nuclear age ended a war. [Atomic explosion shown.] Unleashing of atom also considered for peaceful source of energy. (Fort Saint Vrain, Colorado) Only 23 power plants in nation, however, have nuclear reactors. Less than 2% power comes from nuclear plants. While nuclear fuel is relatively cheap, cost of building reactor and plant is immense. Although Atomic Energy Commission says explosion couldn't happen, the idea scares people. [Atomic Energy Commission chairperson, Dr. James SCHLESINGER - says much effort has gone into insuring safety in plants, but they cannot be made perfectly safe.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
(Dresden, Illinois) Plants use millions of gals. of water to cool reactors, and water itself must be cooled before being returned to lakes or streams, or it creates thermal pollution, endangering fish. Cooling towers can create enough humidity to change weather. (Uravan, Colorado) There is a limit to fuel supply for nuclear plants. Nation may run out of uranium in 25 years New Breeder reactor makes fuel while consuming it, but that's almost 10 years away. Whether energy is nuclear, coal, gas, or oil, needs and envtl. concerns are on collision course.
Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.
Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:
If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.