ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 02, 1978
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(Studio) Festivities planned at United Nations and in Maine and Atlanta, as well as in 22 cntrys. in celebration of Sun Day on May 3 as way of calling attention to solar energy outlined. President Carter's planned trip to Solar Research Institution in Colorado noted.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(No location given) Examination of solar energy, its potential and question of when it will be widely used. [Energy Secretary SCHLESINGER - states administration support for solar energy.] [Sun Day organization Denis HAYES - says every important piece of technology needed for solar transition is already operating somewhere.] Problems in oil, coal and nuclear inds. outline.; prospects for solar power, in forms of solar power towers, solar power satellite and wind power described. Hope for oil supply in petroleum plantations, being developed by Nobel prizewinner Melvin Calvin, detailed. Films and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) animation shown; "Star Trek" and California mentioned. Energy prospects from biomass also explored.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(No location given) Details given concerning immediate product and use of solar cells to create electricity. [Sun Day organization Denis HAYES - discusses solar cell potential and government investment in it.] Federal solar cell budget cut in 1977 noted. [SCHLESINGER - cites reasons for budget cut.] Use of solar cells to drive pumps irrigating Nebraska farms cited as example; utility companies' refusal to send electricity to some areas of US, like Navajo Reservation in NM, stated; aid given to Navajos from electricity created by solar cells installed by United States Public Health Service described. Differences in life of Emma and Charlie Shields and in village of Sweetwater outlined. Use of solar collectors for heating and hot water in homes in Hemet, California, cited as example of solar power in popular use across US. [MEN - state savings on natural gas bills due to solar energy.] Governor Jerry Brown's goals for solar energy in California and incentives offered to residents to develop solar energy there outlined. Cerritos city hall's solar system noted.
REPORTER: Sylvia Chase
(No location given) Dvt. of solar energy compared to development of space program that began in 1950's.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman