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Coal Strike / Carter / Effects / California Town Blackout #52609

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. coal strike noted. National Guard protection of coal supplies in IN, meeting of govs. and federal officials on Wednesday in Ohio to plan for power shutoffs and auto. mfrs. talk in Detroit about shutting plants ntnwide. reported.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Activity of energy emergency center described. Degree of coal crisis in Pennsylvania, Ohio, IN, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee cited, as well as federal officials' concerns with regard to Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Ohio Governor James Rhodes statement on potential layoffs in his state noted. President Carter's appeal to both sides in strike reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Outcome of Carter meeting with advisers stated. [CARTER - cites directions to Secretary of Labor.] [Temporary audio loss.] Admin. concerns about miners' reaction if Taft-Hartley Act invoked noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Secretary Marshall's mtgs. with representatives of both sides in strike reported Letter from coal operators, in effect rejecting request for resumption of talks, quoted; bargaining cncl.'s earlier rejection of contract mentioned. Reporter notes that President Carter's order to union and management to resume mtgs. will force resumption.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Powhatan Part, Ohio) Report on strike's effect on miners. Exs. cited of those in Powhatan Point and Dilly's Bottom, Ohio. [Charles WRIGHT - notes some prepared, others didn't. Can hold out till June.] [Jim BARLOW - cites wife's figs. that they can last till end of May.] [Donald BURCH - didn't prepare too well, but is prepared to stay out as long as needed to get satisfactory contract.] Miners' receipt of food stamps and leniency from banks noted. [Bank president E. E. JACK - details bank policy.] Willingness of some stores to sell and await payment mentioned. television ad shown.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Electricity usage cuts in IN, Ohio and Kentucky noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Report on cutback in lighting in California town.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Westwood, California) Details of Westwood's efforts to show dissatisfaction with electricity prices of California Pacific Utilities Company given. [Patty McCORMACK - threw main breaker on Monday; cites methods of heat, light and cooking.] Town to hold week-long protest, using little or no electricity. Power company's reasons for cost increases cited. [California Pacific division manager H. L. BERK - states effect of town's blackout on company] Activities of townspeople during blackout noted, include singing of song called "Give Me Oil for My Lamp."
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

(Studio) Violence and threats of it preventing movement of coal supplies in several states, include Ohio, reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Geer, Stephen;
Gibson, Charles;
Peterson, Roger;
Reynolds, Frank;
Walters, Barbara

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