ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 19, 1977
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(Studio) Theme of President Carter's energy message is sacrifice and possible disaster without it. Energy chief James Schlesinger begins lobbying in Congress for energy plan.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Schlesinger speaks to key congress members who could scrap plan; energy chief's message gets to House speaker Thomas O'Neill, who makes unusual public plea to colleagues to band together on energy, not maintain regional concerns about it. [O'NEILL - says this is greatest emergency since war declared on United States in 1941.] Senator Edmund Muskie has 1 of several private mtgs. Schlesinger holds to lobby for energy package [SCHLESINGER - says separate items are subjects for disagreement, but generally agree on need for togetherness on measure. Has heard more on gas tax than on other items.] Mbrs. of both ptys. oppose gas tax, include Senator's energy head, Henry Jackson. [JACKSON - says for tax to work, it would have to be substantial and that would have prohibitive effect on purchasing power in time of recession.] [Senator John TOWER - believes in deregulation of gas and decontrol of oil.] Congress members agree this will be biggest fight of yr.
REPORTER: Don Farmer
(Studio) President Carter says big car buyers must expect to pay more in future.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Detroit, Michigan) Report on present trend in car sales of big cars over small. [Ford Motors dealer Dick HERRIMAN - says legislation won't alter public's needs.] [Chrysler dealer Ray FRANK - says those who buy big cars can afford to pay for gas as long as it's available.] [Ford Motors Vice President William BENTON - says some people getting big cars now, because they don't believe big cars will be available next year] Mfrs. say big car boom won't last, but since ads have been mostly for big cars in past, convincing public to buy small may be problem.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz
(Studio) European leaders and commentators welcome Carter's speech. European Community Commission president welcomes remarks, French official speaks favorably and Danish commentator compares speech to Winston Churchill's warning about Adolf Hitler.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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