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A Closer Look (Power Struggle) #735633

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 18, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The politics of power introduced.

(New York: Ned Potter) The way to fix the nation's power system examined; details given of the need for more power lines while we have a hodgepodge of power plants & power companies. [Electric Power Research Inst. Kurt YEAGER†- says the old system is wearing out.] [Brattle Group consultant Peter FOX-PENNER†- says a "wider highway" is needed.] [Cambridge Energy Associates Lawrence MAKOVICH†- says there is no one in charge of the whole system.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The question of whether there is the political will to upgrade the nation's power grid introduced.

(White House: John Cochran) The political response to the blackout examined; details given about the energy bill that has been stalled in Congress for two years. [August 14, President BUSH - says the power grid needs to be modernized.] [Two VOTERS - say don't wait.] ["The Rothenberg Political Report" Stuart ROTHENBERG†- says now there is political momentum for passing an energy bill.] Map shown of states opposed to federal regulation of power. [Schwab Capital Markets Christine TEZAK†- cites the tension between blocs of the country.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Further coverage on the ABCNews Website of the blackout & energy legislation noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Potter, Ned;
Cochran, John

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