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Nixon urges 'conservation ethic 9 in energy use Associated Pre*s .(.. SAN CLfeMteNTE, Calif. President Nixon, urging development of a "conservation .ethic," called oft all Americans Friday to cut down their •personal consumption of energy by 5 pef cent in the next '12 months. He proposed a •pedal cabinet post on energy and national resources. v . He suggested in His energy- i'onsetvation plan such things ,Sis driving cars more slowly and using less air conditioning and heating to save fuel and electricity. "The conservation of existing energy resources is not a ; proposal, it is a necessity," the President declared. In a, special energy mes- iagr to Congress, addressing what he called one of the nation's "most critical prob- ". lems," Nixon. said conservation of resources was "a requirement that will remain with us.indeflnitely.'V ' I • As, la result, the President •aid, "I believe America Thiust develop an energy con; iervation ethic." ??: £, INixon's proposals included •"spending $10 billion over the } > next five years for a program of research and development *:in the ette^gy field and establishing a «abilri6t"leyerdep|art- iftnent ofjfenerjgy and natural '; Resources "responsible for the •balanced ; utilization and con- Nervation of Arnerica's energy |>«nd natural resources. " y '%!•.. He appointed Republican |5<3ov. John A. Love of Colora- ;/Hidb as a $42,500-a-year presi- •• ;$ential assistant and chief policy o f f i c e r and White f f'House adviser on energy mat'- ' ' fc; Love, 57,. a ruggedly hand> some 6-foot-3, will head a new i^hite House energy office. >V>Love •— who would have end;:ed his third term as Colorado j> governor in January — said he wiill resign the state post after winding up some legislative business. He will be succeeded by Lt. Gov. John Vanderhoof. 'After a 35-mlnute meeting with Nixon at the Western White House, Love told newsmen there is "no instant panacea" for solving the nation's energy problems. "We'fe going to have to fight this problem on all fronts for at least the next decade." Asked What .the average American citizen could do to help, Love said, "We cannot waste energy." He'; cited Nixon's suggestions that air conditioners and heating units be set at lower temperatures, that highway speeds be reduced and that consumers choose appliances that will use less energy. Love expressed his conviction that voluntary methods of conservation would be successful. He said mandatory allocation of supplies and rationing of energy would have a far-reaching impact, not only on the economy, but on American society. "If there is any fyay we can stay away from = rationing, I would prefer that," he said. Nixon slid that 'the federal government will take the lead in energy conservation by reducing its consumption by 7 per cent in the next year. in a memo to all departments and agencies, the President suggested reducing the level of the air conditioning in government-office buildings. To offset some ;bf the hardship, which would particularly hit -thousands of Washington federal workers in the coming summer heat, the President suggested "appropriate relaxation of em- ploye dress standards." The President suggested that the government use auto- mobiles that are more efficient in fuel consumption, reduce employe business trips and lighting in federal buildings and encourage greater use of car pools and mass transportations. Asked if the White House would be cutting down on its air conditioning this summer, Presidential Press Secretary Ronald L. Zieglef smilingly replied, "It's pretty hot in there already." He apparently referred to the Watergate hearings. The President said in his White House statement: "America faces a serious energy problem, While we have only 6 per cent of the world's population, we consume one-third of the world's energy output, The supply of domestic energy resources available to us is not keeping pace with our ever-growing demand and unless we act swiftly and effectively,we could face A genuine energy crisis in the foreseeable future." Nixon 'asked Congress to "give swift a p p r o v a 1" to pending legislation for construction of an Alaskan oil pipeline as well as proposals to use highway trust funds for mass transit projects. v He asked the secretary of transportation to work with the nation's airlines and federal aviation agencies to reduce flight speeds and the frequency of commercial flights in an effort to save jet fuel. Nixon said it Is estimated that a car traveling 50 miles per hour consumes 20 to 25 per cent less fuel per mile than it would at 70 m.p.h. "Consequently, I am asking Americans voluntarily to reduce the speed at which they drive this summer." He also sent a letter to the nation's governors urging them to pass state laws lowering the speed limits. Love said that no Senate confirmation is required for his new post. Love said he would divest himself of some financial holdings "and I'm almost embarrassed to tell you about it, because they're so small." He said a good many years ago he had interests in a drilling operation and in a gas well "that pays me something less than $1,000 a year." He said he also had some other oil- well interests that paid ISO to $100 a year" and owned 300 shares in an oil company which he would sell. Love was asked if he thought the current gasoline shortage was "orchestrated" or artificially developed. He said the fuel problem basically was one that stemmed from the fact that domestic demand for energy exceeds new discoveries and domestic supply. is the name By Red Wing .,. KNOW WHAT COMfORTISI Alto available with •tool tea RED WING SHOE STORES SCOTTSDALE |3017N.ScottidaltRd (just Norm of Themis Road 947-6262 PHOENIX 6054 N.I 6th St. (Just North Of •otnany Homo M.) 274-8817 MESA 1846 W.Broadway (K'MlrtNtu) 833-4631 WHERE FIT COMES FIRST! 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