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Hurricane Rita / Texas, Louisiana / Energy Use #804096

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The impact of Hurricane Rita in the hurricane zone & across the country introduced; scenes shown from Cameron, Louisiana.

(White House: Terry Moran) President Bush's startling request that Americans use less energy examined; details given of the administration's earlier position on conservation; statistics on the impact of the hurricanes on oil & natural gas production & refining capacity cited. [BUSH - says these storms have caused disruption & we can encourage energy changes.] [In response to energy-use question, May 7, 2001, White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says it's an American way of life.] [New Jersey MOTORIST - comments on gas prices.] [The National Environmental Trust president Philip CLAPP†- offers a cautionary note on gasoline consumption.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Bush's consideration of a reconstruction czar for the Gulf coast noted.

(Port Arthur: Bob Woodruff) The sense of relief amidst the trouble in Texas after the storm featured; scenes shown from Houston, Beaumont, Kirbyville & a house fire in Port Arthur. [In Beaumont, family member Eric COLEMAN†- explains the fumes.] [TEXAN, Emile DUGAS - react.]

(Moss Bluff, Cameron Parish, Louisiana: Jim Sciutto) The impact of the storm on coastal Louisiana featured; scenes shown of rescue boats on the waterways in Cameron Parish; details given about the efforts by the residents who evacuated to get back to check their homes. [Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Department Lt. Remy BROUSSARD†- outlines policy.] [Resident Monica GALLEGOS - wonders what she is coming home to; states we help each other here.]

(Port Arthur: Bob Woodruff) Mayor Ray Nagin's plans to bring some people back to sections of New Orleans updated; scenes shown.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Moran, Terry;
Woodruff, Bob;
Sciutto, Jim

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