The Michigan Daily-Saturday, July 28, 1979-Page 7
House panel calls for energy mobilization board
WASHINGTON (AP - The House
Interior Committee gave over-
whelming approval yesterday to
legislation establishing a powerful
energy mobilization board, a principal
part of President Carter's energy
The committee voted 40-1 in favor of
setting up a board with authority to
speed development of up to two dozen
specially designated, high-priority
THE PROPOSAL, outlined by Carter
in a speech less than two weeks ago,
picked up added momentum in
Congress when a House commerce sub-
committee gave its approval to a dif-
ferent version of the legislation.
The subcommittee's measure places
no limit on the number of projects that
could receive the special high priority
On the other side of Congress, mean-
while, the Senate Energy Committee
arranged to meet to continue its work
on yet a third version of the same
CARTER PROPOSED giving the
board authority to cut through red tape
and help along plans for construction of
non-nuclear energy projects, such as
pipelines and gasification plants,
designed to reduce U.S. dependence on
imported oil. Administration officials
have said they envision about 75 such
projects receiving the special treat-
ment at any one time.
The lone dissenting vote in the In-
terior Committee came from Rep.
James Weaver (D-Ore.), who said a
massive energy program such as the
one Congress is working on would wor-
sen inflation at a time when the country
can least afford it.
"We are headed for economic
oblivion and a depression. We must cut
our excesses," Weaver said.
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC leaders
earlier had hoped to get a final vote on
the proposed, board- before Congress
begins its month-long recess on Aug. 3.
Hut they have dropped those plans
and a final vote on the House floor is not
expected until after Labor Day. A
Senate vote also is expected next mon-
While the proposed mobilization
board has wide appeal among House
members, a top-ranking congressional
Democrat said Thursday he has noticed
the "buildup of a fight" over how broad
such a panel's authority should be.
REP. JOHN Brademas (D-Ind.),
House Democratic Whip, said some
House members believe the board
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BUT HE SAID "there were members
of Congress interested in seeing the
vehicle as quickly as pssible. There
was no pressure, however."
Harrington also laudedShetley on his
resourcefulness and ingenuity.
r"I am impressed with the fact that
this individual withhis limited resour-
ces does come up with a product which
is quite significant," Harrington said.
He said the idea behind the car
benefits the American consumer and
manufacturers in two wasy: "It com-
municates to the (American) buyer
that this (a high mileage car) is
possible; and (this car) "will serve asa
challenge to domestic auto manufac-
turers to produce such a vehicle."
should have authority only to speed up
the timetable that precedes a decision
on whether to build a project. Other
House members say the board's power
should extend much farther to substan-
tive laws that often are used to hinder
construction, he noted.
Under the House Interior Committee
bill, the board has authority to recom-
mend a presidential waiver of federal
time requirements only. A president's
decision to exercise his waifer is sub-
ject to a veto by either house of
THE MEASURE making its way
through the Commerce Committee, on
the other hand, gives the president the
much broader power -to waive any
federal, state or local law, subject to
the same congressional veto. Another
major difference between the two bills
involves the number of projects that
could receive the special designation.
The Interior Committee measure
allows only 12 projects to receive the
special high priority designation in any
one year, with a total at any one time of
There is no similar provision in the
commerce subcommittee bill.
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