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Page 6-Wednesday, July 30, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Energy experts
call for reduced
foreign oil use


Special tohe Daily
WASHINGTON - Americans should
make every effort to replace the use of
oil with alternative energy sources in
order to decrease dependence on
foreign oil, an energy expert said here
last night.
"It's a waste for us to use oil for
cars," said Herman Bluestein, a
spokesman for the Department of
Energy in the Office of Alcohol Fuels.
"Cars can take alcohol. Where we can
substitute for imported oil, we should."
BLUESTEIN, REP. Carl Pursell (R-
Plymouth), Rep. John Dingell (D-
Dearborn), and Cynthia Riggs, a
spokeswoman for the American
Petroleum Institute, participated in an
energy panel last night before a group
of University interns.
Pursell said the U.S. needs a broad
energy plan to reduce dependence on
foreign oil. The U.S. currently exports
40 per cent of its petroleum.
"If there's a crisis in the Mideast, the
loss of energy could shut down this
country to some extent," he saod.
THE PANELISTS cited sevelal dif-

ferent types of fuels under study:
fusion, synthetic, alcohol, solar and
Pursell, a supporter of fusion energy,
said the first breakthrough in fusion
research occurred in Ann Arbor in 1973.
But now, he explained, fusion study has
been transferred to the military and is.
classified research.
The Ann Arbor congressman said the
University received $70 million last
year for research. Pursell noted:
"There has never been a comprehen-
sive effort to look at alternative sources
of energy" in this country.
Riggs, a geologist, said the country
will see a "much healthier mix of
energy in the years to come," but added
it will probably be another 20 years
before "we're off our oil diet."
For instance, several federal
initiatives have encouraged gasohol
production. The 1985 production goal
for grain-alcohol is two billion gallons
per year.
But Riggs called this goal "op-
timistic." She computed that
Americans use 19 billion gallons of oil
per day - thus the 1985 goal would last
only two days.



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Eight-year-old John Aydelotte was undeterred by the lack of sand on this beach
in Anacortes, Washington, choosing instead to get "stoned."
Commoner has hopes
for eventual victory
(Continued from Page 3) said.
The Citizen's Party does not expect
year-the energy crisis and the prob- miracles in 1980, but it does want to
lems that arise when an economy is make a good showing in the 18 states
governed by large corporations. where its name will be on the ballot in
JOHN ANDERSON IS a "warmed- November. A very new group, the party
over Republican," Commoner said, hopes to gain strength in yesrs to come
"He is an unalternative in the same and many members believe that
sense that Seven-up is an uncola. He's ultimately the Citizen's Party, or a
got the bubbles, but it's not the real group very similar to it, will become a
thing." majority party.
Commoner is a noted environmental "The sesrch for profits is hurting the
expert and a professor at Washington country," Commoner said, expressing
University. His appeal to the young is the party's basic belief. "They (cor-
strong and hundreds of college-aged porations) are leaving behind a terrible
people flocked to yesterday's anti-draft residue of social costs."
rally at the Federal Building to hear If the Citizen's Party were in power, a
him speak. He also attracted a large corporation would not be able to
crowd later yesterday when he ad- produce a product until a panel from
dressed a Michigan League audience on the government had examined the con-
nuclear power and energy alternatives. sequences and social costs of manufac-
Registrtion is the first step toward a turing that product, Commoner said.
massive Jonestown with "nuclear This method would reduce, not in-
weapons instead of Kool-aid," Com- crease government bureaucracy,
moner told the anti-draft crowd yester- Commoner said, because mammoth
day. "War is planned suicide!" he regulatory agencies would no longer be
shouted to an enthusiastic audience. needed. For example, explained Com-
"AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY is moner, if auto companies had not been
pushing us closer and closer to nuclear allowed to produce smog-producing
war," he said. Each year, according to cars in the first place, the Environmep-
Commoner; America distributes more tal Protection Agency weuld',htt, be .
'arms *'"o' 'm-ore-.' cuntre . 'Yu 'needed'o "put the genie back in the
distribute arms and they get used," he bottle."



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