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Energy Crisis / Nixon Message #469811

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 18, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon sends message to Congress on energy crisis. Proposes unlimited import foreign oil and end of price controls on future supplies natural gas.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Detroit, Michigan) Detroit has 6000 city-owned vehicles. Because of gas shortage, oil companies will no longer sell gas for these cars directly to city. Detroit must now buy from distributors at higher prices. [Purchasing Commissioner Arthur COPE - says city can't get any bids from oil companies for buying gas for city's cars.] Distributors also low on gas.

(Glen Ellyn, Illinois) Many independent gas stations forced to close as result gas shortage. [Independent dealer Bob ATKINS - says major oil companies allowed shortage to happen. Companies happy to put independents out of business.] Steep rises in gas prices expected this summer.
REPORTER: Rebecca Bell

(Studio) United States trying to buy natural gas from USSR .

(Tyumen Province, Siberia) United States firms negotiating with USSR to buy natural gas from rich Siberian gas fields. United States would help USSR in extending recently discovered gas fields in exchange for natural gas.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Bell, Rebecca;
Davis, Lou;
Hager, Robert;
Utley, Garrick

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