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The Michigan Daily-Thursday; May 8, 1980-Page 17
Council OKs energy conmittee

BY ELAINE RIDEOUT
The first phase of the city's energy
plan was put into motion April 21 as
City Council unanimously approved
Mayor Louis Belcher's recommended
appointments to the Energy Steering
Committee.
According to Community Develop-
ment Planner Larry Friedman, the
committee will attempt to devise a
comprehensive city energy plan by
April, 1981. "This is just a rough draft,"
he said of the energy plan proposed to
council last January. That plan ad-
vocated conservation measures such as
car pools, solar power, hydro-electric
power, and waste recovery.
THE STEERING committee will
oversee the work of several task forces,
according to Friedman, each of which
will study an area in which the city
might save energy. The areas under
scrutiny include land use, renewable
energy resources, transportation, city
government operations, and housing.
Although complete organizational

details have yet to he 'worked out,
Friedman said he expects the task for-
ces to be comprised of existing groups
with expertise in certain areas and
citizen committees.
"The task forces are envisioned to
draw members from the community,"
he said. "They will bring back recom-
mendations to the steering committee
who in turn will clarify an energy plan
or call for further study."
COUNCIL HAS already pumped
$17,000 into the energy plan. However,
federal funds have now become
available to cities like Ann Arbor with
energy conservation programs. Fried-
man said "five or-six" state and federal
grants will come into play for the city.
The Energy Steering Committee will
hold its first meeting tonight at 7:30
p.m. in council chambers to discuss a
course of action. Available for study
will be a Michigan Energy Ad-
ministration survey which examined
the attitudes and awareness of Ann Ar-
borites on energy usage issues.
According to City Administrator

Terry Sprenkel, Belcher attempted to
get a good cross section of the com-
munity in selecting committee mem-
bers.
Volunteers include professional
people with backgrounds in banking,
engineering, economics, energy, city

government, as well as University
representatives and members of at
least two lobbying groups. "We tried to
draw on a number of considerations in-
cluding awareness, concern, and in-
volvement in energy issues," Sprenkel
said yesterday. -

Pope John Paul, on
A rican tour, restates
birth control ban
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)-Pope John a leading Anglican canon said in a let-
Paul II yesterday firmly restated the ter to a local newspaper that he hoped
Roman Catholic Church's ban on con- the pope would not talk about con-
traception, a move likely to stir con- traception on his trip here.
troversy in this East African country "IS IT TOO MUCH to hope," wrote
where efforts are being made to limit a Canon Kenneth E. Stovold, "that his
sharply growing population. associates here will ask him (the pope)
His affirmation of the church's stand _o refrain from reference to birth con-
on birth control, abortion, divorce, and trot.
sterilization came in a speech to the
Catholic bishops of Kenya, which has
an annual population growth rate of 4
per cent, one of the highest in the world.
In 1978, the population was 15 million.
"YOU HAVE CLEARLY insisted ...
on the most fundamental human right,
the right to life from the moment of
conception. You have effectively
reiterated the church's position on
abortion, sterilization and contracep-
tion," the pope told the 15 bishops.
"Your faithful upholding of the chur-
ch's teaching contained in the en-
cyclical, Humanae Vitae, has been the
expression of your pastoral concern
and your profound attachment to the in-
tegral values of the human person," he
said.
The encyclical, issued by the late
Pople Paul IV, set down the church's
opposition to artificial means of birth
control.
"THE GREAT AFRICAN tradition is
faithful to so many family values, and
to life itself, which takes its origins in
the family," the pontiff said. In the midst of paralyzir
Under tribal traditions, many non- _ -a startling, Crystal-Cle
Catholic Africans, in fact place great tomorrow. Toffler docur
value on large families as a sign of explosive new possibiliti
status and wealth. But the pope's world around us: tomor
statements may antagonize churchmen
who have been working for population economy ...family sty
control and may hurt the pope's efforts . . . media . . . the "eleCt
at unifying Christian churches. Cottage" ... and the pc
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