Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 9
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A.1MNDEPENMNT(/W) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) u«« tmtt, CHH., fri, j Simon gays Jfie will not quit, liasir f been fired WASHINGTON (UP1) -Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, nettled by reports that he is on his way out of the Cabinet, declared Thursday that he · w,ould not resign and was not, so far as he knew, being fired. "I am the chief economic spokesman for the President," the millionaire Wall Street bond trader told a news conference. "If I am on the way out, I have not been told." »At the same t i m e , Simon insisted the administration has not abandoned its fight against inflation despite a new emphasis on antireces- sionary measures. Urbane and smiling as he met with reporters at ihe Treasury Department, Simon described Ford's economic program as a "truly integrated plan" which is designed to spur the economy, combat inflation, and provide a solution to the energy crisis simultaneously. It was Simon's reported disagreement with the President over whether i n f l a t i o n or recession should be the administra- t i o n ' s prime concern which led to a spate of reports last month and again this week that the slender, dark-haired Simon would leave Washington. Last m o n t h , some sources said he would resign in disagreement with the President's decision to attack recession rather than inflation. This week, White House sources told UPI that Ford was searching for a replacement. The 47-year-old Simon showed no apparent anger or i r a s c i b i l i t y as he denied the reports. AIRLINE SAFETY FALTERING The National Transportation Safety Board reported Thursday that 487 persons were killed in airline accidents last year -- the highest total since 1960 -and said the fatal accident rate increased for t'ne third straight year. Board Chairman John H. Reed said he was "intensely concerned" over the poor safety trend. He said the major factor be- hind the worsening fatality rate was that airlines now carry more passengers o n ' e a c h flight, increasing the chances a crash will take a large toll. . By contrast,' however, Reed reported that general aviation -- the term applied to all nonairline flying -- provided a "bright spot" for 1974. · He said the general aviation fatality rate had declined for the fourth . consecutive year. -.;;'. uo cairi i'ne iiufiiuer C fatalitieTper 100,000 aircraft h nl , |rs " own " a " steadily "increased from 0.127 in 1972 to 0.149 last year. - ' ' f ; . "We are intensely concerned that the safety record has decreased over the past few years," Reed said. "Our job is to get this trend reversed.". WILLIAM SIMON AT NEWS BRIEFING Treasury Secretary Nettled at Ouster Rumor -AP Wirephoto 34 scientists urge more nuclear power By AL ROSSITER JR. WASHINGTON (UPI) Thirty-four of America's l e a d i n g scientists said DOG TRAINING CLASSES Feb. 13--8 P.M. 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"We also deplore the fact t h a t the public is given unrealistic assurances that there are easy solutions," the statement said. "There are many interesting proposals for alternative energy sources which deserve vigorous research effort, but none of them is likely to contribute significantly to our energy supply in this century." Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, a longtime nuclear critic, said in a statement released in answer to the Bethe group, that "their enthusiasm for the technology makes it difficult for them to see, or to appreciate fully, its problems and side effects." In a related development, Nader disclosed that he and a group of eight noted scientists asked President Ford to reconsider the major role he gave to nuclear power in the next decades. Nader raised questions of safety. The Bethe group said domestic oil reserves are running down and the nation must make much greater use of its vast reserves of solid fuels -coal and uranium. "The U.S. choice is not coal or uranium; we need both," the Bethe group statement said. "Coal is irreplaceable as the basis of new synthetic fuels to replace oil and natural gas. However, we see the primary use of solid fuels, especially of uranium, as a source of electricity " The group said all energy release involves risks "and nuclear power is certainly no exception." But the scientists also said they were confident that technical ingenuity and care in operation can continue to improve the safety of nuclear plants. Whitehead hits shift by Ford BDGEGO. 340 E. Anaheim St.] LONO BEACH (113)437-4491 WASHINGTON (AP) A former adviser to President Ford criticized Ford's reported decision Thursday to shift the Office of Telecommunications Policy out of the White House. "I can't see any evidence that it was a considered decision at all," 2 AF pilots killed CALIENTE, Nev. 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