WASHINGTON (AP)-A proposal
that would require motorists to leave
their cars home one day a week gained
new support yesterday as a possible
successor to President Carter's rejec-
ted standby gasoline rationing plan.
The new plan, being drafted by a
group of House Democrats active on
energy issues, would also tentatively
limit gasoline sales nationally to at
least $5 per car.
UNDER THE PROPOSAL, car win-
dshields would have to bear stickers
displaying a number from one to seven
indicating the day of the week the
vehicle couldn't be driven. Motorists
would pick the day and states would
distribute the stickes.
It would be illegal to drive a car on
the day of the week indicated by the
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drafts new energy plan
sticker and motorists doing so could be week driving ban. kind of opposition that toppled Carter's
arrested or ticketed. THE PRESIDENT'S domestic ad- coupon-rationing plan.
The plan wouldapply nationally. viser, Stuart Eizenstat, met with And he said he favors giving the
REP. TOBY MOFFETT (D-Conn. ), backers of the proposal yesterday to president the power to deal with shor-
the main proponent of the proposal, demonstrate White House interest in tages that can't wait for a full-fledged
said the plan could be used to ease the plan and to help with drafting. rationing scheme.
gasoline shortages this summer. * Backers said the plan also has the "The disaster we have upon us is
It isn't as cumbersome as the blessing of House Speaker Thomas real, serious and will be of lengthy
defeated standby rationing plan, Mof- O'Neill of Massachusetts and duration," Dingell said.
fett said. "As we saw last week, if you Democratic Leader Jim Wright of MOFFETT PROPOSED the plan
make it too complicated Congress will Texas. earlier this week after the Rouse last
do a number on it," Moffett told a And Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich. ), week overwhelmingly turned down
reporter. probably the most influential House President Carter's standby plan for
Moffett also said the plan might give member on energy issues, told repor- gasoline rationing, and Carter
states an option of using their own plans ters he thinks Moffett's plan might help challenged Congress to come up with its
for saving gasoline with conservation ease shortages and appears to have own rationing plan within 90 days.
targets set for each state. He said states support in Congress. Moffett said his plan isn't in final
that failed to meet the goals using DINGELL, CHAIRMAN of the House form and that he and a half dozen other
programs of their own would have no energy and power subcommittee, also
choice but to accept the one-day-per- said the proposal would not draw the See NEW, Page 20
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A-plant panel cancels trial
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP)-The
presidential commission investigating
the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor
accident abruptly canceled its hearings
yesterday, and its chairman said mem-
bers might resign if they couldn't hear
testimony under oath or subpoena wit-
Bst hours after the commission
balked at "roadblocks" stemming from
a dispute between the Senate Judiciary
Committee and the Justice Department
the Senate unanimously approved a
resolution giving the commission what
THE SENATE ACTION came on a
voice vote without debate. It still
requires approval in the House, which
does not meet again until Monday.
The 12-member panel, which
President Carter appointed last month
to look into America's worst commer-
cial reactor accident, refused to hear
from state officials or utility executives
until Congress acts to give it those
"The fundamental issue is the com-
mission's need to hear testimony under
oath," chairman John Kemeny,
president of Dartmouth College, said
before the Senate action.
"IT IS INCONCEIVABLE to me that
we would not have this power by the end
of next week. If the powers are not
given for an extended period, I would
expect the entire commission will have
to resign because we won't be able to do
our work," he told reporters.
Gov. Dick Thornburgh was to appear
before the blue ribbon panel yesterday,
with utility executives and plant
operatives due today.
But before anyone could be heard, the
commission canceled the hearings.
THE PANEL DID take its scheduled
tour of the crippled power plant. Wisps
of steam can still be seen emerging
from the massive cooling towers, as
engineers allow a natural convection
flow of water cool the reactor, whose
core is still 310 degrees at its hottest
'point, toward an eventual cold shut-
The commission also said it would
take opinions from area residents on
KEMENY SAID the commission's
staff has pushed for congressional ac-
tion since April 26, a day after the
commission was sworn in. But he said,
"We've run into a number of road-
He specifically singled out the Justice
Department and the Senate Judiciary
Committee, chaired by Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass.) as delaying mat-
ters and not returning phone calls.
In Washington, a spokesman for
Kennedy said the Senate committee
had asked Justice to simplify the
proposed legislation by removing a
provision that would have authorized
After getting no reply from Justice
since the request was made last week,
Kennedy introduced his own proposal
"'THIS GIVES the commission
everything that it wants but it deletes
the section on closed meetings," said
Tom Southwick, a spokesman for Ken-
Under present authority governing
the commission, meetings can be
closed only by Carter or the head of the
General Services Administration, Ken-
nedy felt that authority was enough,
Other commissioners said their
credibility would be tainted if they can't
take testimony under oath and issue
"IF WE PROCEED under those cir-
cumstances, we leave ourselves open to
charges that we are a pussycat com-
mission," said Carolyn Lewis, a
Columbia University journalism
At the White House, presidential
press secretary Jody Powell said Car-
ter was informed only yesterday mor-
ning of the legal wrangle.
"The president has indicated that he
would like to have the dispute resolved
expeditiously and get on with it," said
When pressed about details of the
dispute, Powell referred reporters to
the staff members involved. "The
lawyers are the ones that got us into
this. Let them get us out of it."
DOES HE DELIVER?
ROME (AP)-The last of Alitalia's
16 Caravelle planes, which have been
jetting through the skies since 1960, has
come down to earth.
The airline recently delivered the last
jet to a restaurant owner in Livorno,
where he intends to convert the plane
into a pizza parlor.
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