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Carter / Energy Shortage #493195

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 19, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter begins 2nd day of lobbying for energy package by meeting with congress leaders
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Reactions of Congmen. vary; most are concerned with regard to gasoline tax. [Senator Henry JACKSON - says gasoline tax won't deter use of gasoline to bring conservation.] [House speaker Thomas O'NEILL - says all factions of nation must pull together, as crisis is near.] [Senator John TOWER - believes Carter's plea for support of package is political statement.] Feeling around Congress is that members will follow will of people and if public is ready, pkg. will pass, if not, it will be modified.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) Among 1st reactions is Mrs. Rosalynn Carter; her comments noted. Working people in New England already can't pay heating bills.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Boston, Massachusetts) People in New England already pay more than anywhere in nation and several fuel companies folded due to nonpayment of bills this winter. Spokesperson for heating oil industry says Carter plan would make it worse. [New England Fuel Institute spokesperson Charles BURKHARDT - says with higher oil prices, problem will be aggravated.] Public reaction mixed in Boston. [PEOPLE - cite reactions to Carter plan.] Concern is that taxpayer will do most of sacrificing and paying.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

(Studio) For. reaction noted, from Volkswagen auto makers, British political figure and Danish reporter comparing Carter to Winston Churchill. Republicans ask networks for 1/2 hour of prime time for response to Carter and plan.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Mackin, Catherine;
McCarthy, Lee

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