The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 10, 1975 · Page 37
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 37

Provo, Utah
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Thursday, April 10, 1975
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Zarb Seeking Power At Reasonable Cost ttWftWiWSWrWttW^^ XrttW-xsxtXSS Provo, Utah-Page 37 WASHINGTON (UPI) - Federal Energy Administrator Frank G. Zarb said recently his agency is working on a radical new way of charging for electricity so the average homeowner can get enough power for a reasonable cost. Speaking to the National Business League, and black business organization, Zarb said he hopes new measures like the FEA's proposed "inverted rate" concept will help enable the poor and those living on fixed incomes to afford energy in a time of soaring prices. In essence, the FEA plan would turn the traditional rate structure upside down so small users of electricity would no longer pay more per kilowatt- hour than the big users such as factories and businesses. Electric rates have jumped especially high in recent months, largely because the utilities are allowed to pass through to their customers any increases in the cost of their generating fuel. The increases have touched off a widespread consumer protest. "What we're exploring with some utilities is a system that would give homeowners a fixed block of electricity for a reasonable rate," Zarb said. "Those who exceeded that block would have to pay a premium." He did not identify the utilities with which the FEA is working. If the new system works out, Zarb said, it might replace the traditional one in which users receive a discounted rate for large-scale use of power. The old system has come under criticism for promoting energy consumption at a time when the nation needs to conserve energy. Zarb also pledged to work toward increased minority participation in the development of new energy resources. In a long question-and-answer session, he promised to look into reports of discrimination against minorities in the selection of subcontractors for the trans- Alaska pipeline and asked the League to supply him with a list of black businesses that can help deal with energy problems. One area particularly cited by the black business leaders was the bypassing of minority firms that could supply home insulation in the government's experimental program to win- terproof the houses of the poor. League representatives asked that new energy legislation specifically encourage the government to seek out small businesses and minority contractors for supplies. Zarb asked the League's directors to meet regularly with him for a review of minority problems and suggested solutions. "I have a particular mission —both by specific mandate and by personal interest —and that is to develop and integrate the small business into the energy picure,"hesaid. Does Knowledge of Heart III Risk-Factors Help? HOUSTON (UPI) - A California study suggests the more informed people are about their chances of having a heart attack the less they are concerned. Dr. Wilbert S. Aronow, chief of cardiology at Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital, said a mass screening program of 2,500 checked adults for a number of factors such as high blood pressure and cigarette smoking which can increase the risk of heart attacks. "Mass screening to detect coronary risk factors in asymp- tomatic individuals and communicating the results of these tests to the people tested and to their physicians failed to reduce the prevalence of risk factors," Aronow told a recent meeting of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, Aronow said, a part of the group which received special instruction and education on the risk factors fared worse than the rest of the study group. However, he said, mass screening programs can be effective in locating persons with the high risk of heart problems although it may be difficult to get the persons to do something about it. Aronow said researchers picked persons for the study who had no previous symptoms of heart trouble. He said they found a significant number of the persons had several of heart attack risk factors they looked for —cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels in the blood. The study group was divided with 1,250 placed in an educational program to reduce the risk factors. The educational group received four separate mailings of American Heart Association literature including ready-made diets and was asked to attend four hour-long evening lectures. He said 91 per cent did not go to even one lecture. Tlie results of the screening were sent to everyone in both groups and to their physicians. A year after the first screen, everyone was asked to return for a second checkup. 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