Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
20-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD March 13, 1974 Interpreting the News U.S. energy crisis sparks clash over environment laws By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) A contest that pits advocates of energy against defenders of environment has started to bubble to the surface in a classic behind-the-scenes struggle as the United States faces up to an urgent need for new energy sources. The conflict was predictable but its outcome is not. There have been previous attempts, mainly in Congress, to water down environmental protection laws passed in the glory days of conservation a few years ago. Most such efforts have failed. Now, however, a branch of the White House has apparently suggested that two of the most potent pieces of environmental legislation be suspended for any project related to "energy or its move that would strip the laws of some of their most important applications. Russell Train, the lawyer- conservationist who is head of the government's own environmental Protection Agency has said such a change is not only unnecessary but could do substantial harm. He has previously warned publicly that in the headlong rush to develop new sources of energy, the U.S. "shouldn't throw the environmental baby out with the bathwater." The new proposals are re- ported to have been advanced at a private White House meeting of various department heads. There has been no official announcement about the proposed changes and White House spokesmen say any discussions are at a tentative stage. LAWS WEAKENED According to reports leaked by adversaries of the proposals, the administration is suggesting that the National Environmental Policy Act no longer apply to offshore oil drilling, strip mining, the location and development ol power plants, oil and gas pipelines and similar ques- tions It would also weaken or abandon some controls on air pollution from power plants and industries under the Clean Air Act. President Nixon, Interior Secretary Rogers Morton and others in the administration have called frequently for a balance between their new crash program for energy independence and efforts to control pollution. Train and his fellow con- servationists protest that there is no need for an "either-or" approach. Environmental, protection laws have not delayed the development of new energy sources, only improved them, thev sav One aide to Train cites the case of nuclear power plants. Their slow development in the U.S has been blamed on con- servationists. But, the aide said, of 70 pro- posed nuclear plants which have met with delays, only two were the result of environmental laws. The others were blocked by changing safety regulations, opposition from local communities, technical de- fects and problems' with design and construction. Such arguments have seemed to carry little weight with the federal officials most involved in energy development. The Nixon administration was able to persuade Congress late last year to approve construction of the trans- Alaska pipeline with a bill that specifically exempted the line from any further court challenges under U.S. environmental laws. Dr. Allard denies claim EDMONTON (CP) The president of Allarco Developments Ltd. Tuesday denied claims that he agreed to lend Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co. sufficient funds to take over a British Columbia conglomerate. Four directors of Cosmopolitan's parent company, P.A.P. Holdings Ltd., have testified at a judi- cial inquiry into Cosmopolitan's failure, that Dr. C. A. Allard of Allarco committed his firms to provide the financing. Cosmopolitan pledged all its assets as security on loans which went to buy shares in the conglomerate, N.W. Financial Corp., but couldn't obtain promised funds to complete the purchase and went broke, said the directors. Dr. Allard testified that his companies "didn't have the means" to finance the purchase attempt. The purchase agreements showed "extremely bad judgment" on the part of Cosmopolitan officials, who agreed to prices "two to three times" too high, he added. Asked about a letter he wrote for P A.P. director Dr. James Lampard of Red Deer, Dr. Allard denied' that it constituted a commitment to the Cosmopolitan group. 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"Some of you may find the symbols surrounding the governor-general rather obsolete and sometimes Jules Leger said in a speech Tuesday to the Montreal Chamber of Com- merce. are also those who are indifferent, undoubtedly the majority of he said "However, there are a considerable number of citizens who attach great importance to these symbols. "Between these two groups a balance must be found which- takes one another 'into ac- count." On his role in the government process, he said he feels the governor-general provides a "time of reflection" between the passing of laws and their going into effect. SEES AS GUARANTEE "The he said, "appears to me as the symbol and guarantee of the stability, permanence and flexibility of our political system. "The governor-general must see to it that the country always has a prime minister." Mr. Leger said the governor-general "who has made a career of being well- B.C. trial watched LOWER POST. B.C. (CP) Hunters and trappers in the Canadian north are watching a trial which opened Tuesday in a community hall converted to a courtroom in this remote village on the British Columbia Yukon bolder. George Dalziel of Watson Lake. B.C.. a big game guide, and Miles Bradford, his son- in-law, are charged jointly with illegally possessing lynx, wolverine and martin furs. The furs are valued at If the pair are convicted, Dalziel could lose the rights to his guiding territory, one of the largest in B.C. and the most 'productive of Stone Sheep. The territory's guiding value is said to be more than Dalziel was the second white man to move into the area of what now is Watem Lake, when be settled there 90 years ago. informed" can and must give advice, encourage and, should the occasion arise, put the government on its guard He said his role as governor- general seemed all the more necessary as "we are in the time of the computer and decisions, even the most important, must be made rapidly at times. "I feel a little responsible for an institution called Canada." Mr. Leger, in his one-hour speech, said Canada is one of the few countries where the political system has withstood serious crises. "The times we are going through may lead to more hu- man tomorrows, to a more open civilization where mind will regain its rights over matter, without, for .all that, rejecting the progress offered by technology." Harmony in Canada can sur- vive only "if we recognize for our neighbors the rights we demand for ourselves and if we listen to them." "With the material and hu- man wealth and the democratic experience we have, if we don't succeed there is little hope for other countries, which have neither and which form a large part of the human family. "If we succeed in maintaining this harmony between us. the example will not be without effect. What happens here is closely followed abroad. We arei in more than one way, the laboratory of a new society. Mr. Leger, who became governor-general in January, was on a two-day visit to Montreal. The Rogers9 Prize- Winners are here. Fifty delicious prize-winning recipes of the more than entered in Rogers' Recipe Contest have now been assembled in a new cook booklet that's yours FREE for the asking. Just send your name and address to THE PRIZE WINNERS, Rogers' Recipes. P.O. Box 2150, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3V2. Here's a sample from that new collection of bright ideas using Rogers' Golden Syrup. You'll find everything from Fruit Flip drink to Do-Ahead Beef Stew among The Prize-Winners. Fruited Oat Muffins Vi c. chopped seedless raisins c. chopped candied mixed peel 1 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder Vi tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 c. rolled oats 'A c. margarine Vi c. lightly-packed brown sugar 2 tbsp. Rogers" Golden Syrup 1 egg c. buttermilk or sour milk Vs tsp. vanilla Combine raisins and peel. Combine next ingredients. Star in raisin mixture until coated with flour. Cream margarine; gradually blend nn brown sugar, Rogers" Golden Syrup and egg. Combine remaining ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with Hoar until lightly blended. Rl! greased muffin cups two-thirds lull. Sake at 400 T for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes about 1 dozen.