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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2B me LtinDmuuc ncnMLU iswcvmovr Not flaunting good fortune Alberta blessed with abundant energy By TOM CAMPBELL EDMONTON Alberta is sitting pretty when it comes to but it isn't flaunting its good fortune. Blessed with the Athabasca oil which contain an estimated 300 billion barrels of recoverable synthetic and 25.7 billion tons of coal the energy shortages that threaten Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are a remote possibility for the province's 1.6 million residents. But the Albertans are show- ing some sympathy for less- fortunate portions of the country. They are turning off Christmas lights early and dimming office buildings. shouldn't flaunt our good fortune on areas that could have energy Glen Edmonton Chamber of Commerce said in explaining a decision to keep the city's downtown Christmas lights burning for only four hours a day instead of from dusk to dawn. A flare on the Alberta legislature fed by natural still is burning 24 hours a but two Ed- monton hotels have snuffed out similar flares. TURN OUT LIGHTS And most of the lights in Ed- monton's tallest office struc- the 35-storey Alberta Government Telephones are being turned off at night. The lights had been burning constantly since the building opened in the fall of 1971. Dr. Norbert director of fuel sciences for the Alberta Research says the recoverable oil in the Athabasca oil 220 miles northeast of could meet Canada's oil needs for 400 years at current rates of consumption. The coal which have potential for producing synthetic gas to supplement declining reserves of natural would meet Alberta's ex- isting coal requirements for more than years. Bill minister of mines and told the legislature this week there is billion forecast U.S. tops NATO defence spending BRUSSELS United States defence spending around the world this year will be nearly double that of its 12 Atlantic figures released today by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization show. The forecast is billion for the United States and billion for its allies. Last year's U.S. defence costs were billion and that of the other NATO members billion. Europeans point out that U.S. defence spending covers obligations all over the while theirs is concentrated on the defence of the NATO area. The figures show that the United States is still spending a larger proportion of its gross national product on defence than any of its allies except fighting a colonial war in Africa. The United States spent 6.6 per cent of its gross national while Portugal spent seven per cent. EATON'S HEARING AID CENTRE MONTHLY CLINIC December 13th a.m. to p.m. 2ND FLOOR-NORTH END Take advantage of this opportunity to have your hearing evaluated by Eaton's qualified consultant. We feature the finest hearing aids at lower cost. Service on all makes and models MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT EARLY DIAL 327-8551 MEMBER ALBERTA HEARING AID DEALERS ASSOCIATION Others were Britain six per Greece 5.2 per Tur- key 4.8 per France 4.2 per West Germany 3.9 per Italy 3.5 per Canada 2.4 per cent and Lux- embourg only .9 per cent. AVERAGE DOWN The average percentage de- clined to 5.5 per cent this year from 6.7 per cent in 1970. The figures were released as the defence ministers from 13 of the 15 NATO members met for the semi-annual ses- sion of the alliance's defence planning committee. France does not and Iceland has no defence minister. The Europeans were under heavy pressure from Defence Secretary James Schlesinger to assume a larger share of the financial burden of mutual defence. Under provisions of a defence appropriation enacted last some U.S. troops will have to be withdrawn from Europe if the Europeans do not. NATO also presented figures showing soldiers' pay is growing faster than spending on their weapons. Between 1965 and the United States spent only 22.1 per cent of its military budget on it spends 24 per cent. Canada spends as much as 63.9 per cent. In the late 1960s the United States spent 27.8 per cent on major equipment. Now it spends only 20.9 per cent. Pulp plant ordered to shut down PORTO Brazil In a sudden about- officials have ordered Latin America's biggest pulp factory to shut down until it gets equipment to stop the odor it spreads. The governor of Rio Grande do Sul state announced the crackdown after months of protests by residents in nearby where the Borregaard paper plant is located. Officials in January gave the plant until Nov. 30 to in- stall the anti-pollution equipment. But the deadline and the mill kept critics of the government said it was re- luctant to act because the plant employs persons and also because the federal government has a 46-per-cent interest in the mill. Keep Christ in Christmas Inserted by Knights of Columbus an oversupply of gasoline in the as well as ample quantities of distillates and heavy fuel oils. But inade- quate distribution facilities made it difficult to use the surplus to ease shortages in other parts of Canada. Saskatchewan also is in an over-supply situation when it comes to oil and has reduced production by 15 per cent be- cause of a lack of export li- cences has dried up demand for the province's medium- sulphur crude oil in United States markets. King director of petro- leum and natural gas for the minerals said Saskatchewan consumes only barrels of its crude oil each of the province's average daily production of barrels. Although Alberta produces 80 per cent of Canada's crude it isn't a big consumer of petroleum products compared with other parts of Canada where oil is used for home heating and generation of electricity. The Alberta energy con- servation board said coal is used to produce 55 per cent of the province's natural gas 31 per cent and water 14 per cent. Calgary Power which generates 62 per cent of Al- berta's uses low- sulphur coal to fuel 80 per cent of its power-plant capacity. Natural gas is used in 80 per cent of Alberta homes for and often for cooking and water heating. Alberta consumes about 10 per cent of the crude oil it pro- duces each with barrels exported to the U.S. and barrels shipped to refineries in Western Ontario and now Quebec. Throne heir in accident LONDON Prince heir to the was involved yesterday in a three-car pileup while driving his own Buckingham Palace said. Charles and the occupants of other cars involved escap- ed unhurt from the accident in a village near Weymouth on England's south coast. The palace said it did not yet know the extent of damage to Charles' nor to the other two a police patrol car and a private car. DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE MERCHANTS' FALL TO CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS'' DOWNTOWN ENTER 10 BIG All Entries are eligible for the Grand Prize Draw Dec. 22nd on Televitionl 50 BIG PRIZESI 5 Prizes Every Weekl LMt Week's Donns Lethbridge Frsnk Lethbridge J J. Lethbridge Gereld Cardston Mrs. D. Byem. Lethbridge Bernadette Lethbridge Nelds Lethbridge OVER 500 IN vr GRAND PRIZEI All Expense Paid Trip for Two To Beautiful IN SPENDING MONEY Trip may be arranged to suit your ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATING MERCHANTSI Off for a new job Vice President Gerald Kord gets a wave from his wife early Friday as he left their home in Va. It was his first full day in his new position following formal swearing in ceremonies Thursday evening in the House of Representatives chamber. Ford may be busiest vice-president ever By R. W. APPLE JR. New York Times Service WASHINGTON Vice- president Ford is expected by some members of the Nixon administration to assume more responsibilities than any of his recent but other politicians remain dubious about his future role. Melvin R. a presiden- tial counsellor said this for that Ford might well become the most activist vice-president in the nation's with broad respon- sibilities for co-ordinating domestic policy and for high- level congressional liaison. Gerald L. the depu- ty White House press who said that Ford and President Nixon had dis- cussed the subject at length last ventured the guess that the new vice- president would plenty of work to do around But Victor who served former vice-president Spiro T. Agnew as press ex- pressed skepticism about Ford's ability to carry out any meaningful role while retain- ing the credibility he has en- joyed. No recent vice-president has played a major role in the activities of the administra- tion he served. Nixon Lyndon P. Hubert H. and Agnew have all in one way or about the substantive vacuum they found on taking office. Agnew was from time to to deal with the and he was used politically to make speeches that the President found desirable and useful but somehow un-presidential. But he never had any meaningful impact on public policy. Having never served in Washington until he was elected Agnew knew far less about its byways than does Ford after 24 years in the House of Represen- tatives. And Nixon needed in the view of ad- ministration much less than he now needs his successor. greeting Ford with the kind of image-making that is customary on such oc- noted that he would become vice-chairman of the Domestic Council and the National Security Council soon. Another White House- of- who asked not to be predicted that Ford would be asked to head the Domestic to handle congressional liaison and to make speeches around the country the real pic- ture of Richard Nixon the But who is now a new- spaper said that he on the basis of his own whether the vice-president would ever have enough acess to Nixon to make him and whether he would find the vice-presidency an effective platform from which to lobby in Congress. NICE MRS. TOMORROW WE'LL OPEMIM3THE WINIPOW- Don't you Mrs. Dooley. We'll look after from speedy Carlite glass replacement to breaking the news to your insurance agent. Trans Canada Glass 3E Caitite Lethbridge Glass Co. 1267 3rd Avenue S. Lethbridge Phone 328-3391 ;