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Power Shortage (Part 4) #465190

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1972
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(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.

Reporter(s):
Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John
Duration:
00:03:50

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