President Nixon told the people of the Untied States on Thursday (13 December) that he was very pleased by the response of Americans to his call for voluntary restraints on the use of energy.
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PRESIDENT NIXON: "As far as the American people are concerned, it's solely a matter of their co-operating in a voluntary way. Whether individuals slow down to 50 miles an hour, we don't have the ability to compel him to do so. There may be of course speed limits in some states which have been changed, but generally speaking it's a voluntary action on the part of the people. Lowering the thermostat is a voluntary action on the part of the people. And to me, what is the most exciting and encouraging part of the energy report that we received yesterday and Mr. Simon will capsule for you today, is that co-operation of millions of Americans has begun to pay off in saving energy. For example, the demand for gasoline last week was fifteen per cent less than we had anticipated, and a great part in the reduction of that demand is due to the co-operation we have received, the voluntary co-operation, from individual Americans all across this country. If that co-operation continues, it means that together with the government action that we will be taking, the co-operation of industry and labour, the other institutions I have mentioned, that we are going to be able to deal with this problem in a way that is effective. One in which everyone will sacrifice something, but in which no one will be required to suffer as a result of the energy crisis."
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Background: President Nixon told the people of the Untied States on Thursday (13 December) that he was very pleased by the response of Americans to his call for voluntary restraints on the use of energy.
Speaking at a White House conference to introduce Mr. William Simon, the head of the new Federal Energy Agency, President Nixon said he had given instructions to the entire government that energy conservation should come first, and "that there not be any infighting, not be any competition, not be any struggle for power because of our setting up this new office."
The new Agency announced allocations to give American industry and farmers more oil than they used in 1973, but which will put motorists at the back of the queue for petrol.
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon told a Washington news conference on Thursday that in-fighting and power struggles would to be allowed to upset the programme of the new Federal Energy Agency ...