NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 23, 1977
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(Studio) House Ways and Means Committee prepares to give President Carter more of energy plan requests on gas guzzler tax than has been given on other energy issues.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Committee had set tax on gas guzzlers to begin in 1979, in overwhelming vote. Today, Chrysler Corporation lobbyist says company can't meet base m.p.g. rate with New Yorker model by 1979 and it's too late to change engines now. After debate,compromise is worked out; details noted. Committee to vote Friday Chairperson Al Ullman says it's compromise all can live with. Other auto. companies may not be happy with compromise.
REPORTER: John Cochran
(Studio) NBC News poll with regard to confidence in Congress and energy policy noted. Energy-consuming cars continue to be made, but fewer are real gas guzzlers.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Detroit, Michigan) Fade-out of big cars for smaller 1's, manufactured 1st in early 1960's by Ford Motors, General Motors Corporation and Chrysler, noted. Demand for big cars became even less with 1973 Arab oil embargo. In future, big cars will be made shorter and lighter, as General Motors Corporation did this year with Cadillacs and other big cars. [GM chairperson Thomas MURPHY - notes process will cost, but they'll do it to make cars smaller.] Ford Motors, like others, works on new engines for Fords and Lincoln-Continentals. [Ford Motors chief engineer Stewart FREY - describes Ford's experimental engine.] [Chrysler Vice President R. K. BROWN - doesn't think public will resist smaller cars.]
REPORTER: Eric Burns
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