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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, March 14, 1974 Oil firms score big victory WASHINGTON (neuter) Congressional tax writers handed the oil industry in the United States a major victory today by voting to retain the lucrative oil depletion allowance tax benefit for 85 per cent of oil produced in the U S. annually. The house of Representatives ways and means committee, working on a major oil tax bill, agreed to eliminate the 22-percent oil depletion allowance only on about 15 per cent of oil pumped from the ground. The 70 per cent of oil subject to government price regulations would continue to get the depletion allowance. MELROE BOBCAT C J EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1410 2nd Ava. S.. Uthbridga Phone 328-4765 Daylight time isn't the answer WASHINGTON (AP) Two months of winter daylight time in the United States has not saved any measurable amount of electricity, say utility offi- cials contacted in an Associated Press survey. Electricity consumption in most areas is considerably lower than had been expected, but officials credit conservation efforts and generally milder weather with the decrease. "We have not been able to distinguish any changes as a result of daylight said R. L. Hancock, director of the Austin, Tex., utilities. He said consumption was running 12 to 15 per cent below last year. The Edison Electric Institute, which compiles county-wide statistics, said Wednesday that during the week ended March 9, Americans used virtually the same amount of electricity as they did in the corresponding period last year. The 1973 figure was 33.452 billion kilowatt hours; the 1974 figure was 33.443 billion kilowatt hours. A spokesman for Southern California Edison Co. said: "I think basically there's a con- servation ethic here. The cus- tomers are interested in con- serving because it's or less a patriotic thing to do." COST A FACTOR The spokesman conceded that higher prices might have encouraged customers to be more careful of how much electricity used. Rates went up an average of 42.5 per cent for residential customers last year, mainly because of higher crude oil costs. Federal legislation passed late last year put the U.S. on year-round daylight time effective Jan. 6. The idea was that an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon would save electricity. When the measure was first passed, government officials estimated the time change might reduce electricity consumption by seven per cent. A Federal Energy Office fact sheet issued in February put the estimate at one per a saving of about barrels of oil. Federal energy officials say that daylight time appears to be helping, but they aren't sure how much. U.S. Senate votes in favor of restoring death penalty Double image A puddle doubles the image of the Westcoast Transmission building as a taxi sloshes along a Vancouver Harbor road. WASHINGTON (AP) -The Senate voted 54 to 33 Wednes- day in favor of restoring the death penalty for espionage, treason and certain other fed- eral crimes such as kidnapping and airplane hijacking'that result in death. The bill, modified somewhat by amendments, now goes to the House of Representatives. Urged by President Nixon a year ago, the bill is designed to overcome a 1972 Supreme Court decision that the death penalty, as applied under The Mazda 808.. A practical car at a time when a lot of things aren't. A lot of things aren't Agoing too well these days. Now for the good news. The new is here in your hour of need. Its remarkable 1600 cc OHC engine gives you quickness along with the all important thriftiness. On a tank of gas you can see a lot of country, With its wide stance it handles well out there on the big roads. Inside it treats a family of five very comfortably. Yet it's small enough to sip in and out of tight city parking places. 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Other mitigating factors set out in the bill are acting under unusual or substantial duress, being a relatively minor participant in a crime, and not having been reasonably able to foresee that one's conduct would cause a risk of death to another. HANDLED SEPARATELY The presence or absence of aggravating or mitigating fac- tors would be determined in a separate court proceeding, be- fore a jury or a judge, after a trial at which a defendant had been convicted of a capital of- fense or entered a guilty plea. This procedure is intended to meet the objections of Supreme Court justices that the death penalty has been imposed too arbitrarily to be constitutional. The aggravating circum- stances set out in the bill de- pend on whether national, security crimes or murder are involved. In murder cases, they include killing in "an especially heinous, cruel or depraved killing for hire, or killing in connection with an airplane hijacking, kidnapping, escape from custody, and certain other crimes. In national security cases, they include a defendant's prior conviction for a similar offence and knowingly creating a grave risk of substantial danger to the national security. GUNS NOT INCLUDED The Senate killed an amend- ment requiring, the registration of all handguns, the licensing of their owners and a ban on domestic production of cheap handguns. The amendment ws tabled by Sen. Edward Kennedy (Dem. Sen. John L. McClellan, (Dem. Ark.) floor manager of the bill, said the amendment should be considered as sepa- rate legislation. In a related development, the House of Representatives passed legislation to combat aircraft seizures. Under the bill, the death penalty would be imposed on some hijackers and authority would be provided to cut off air services with countries that do not co-operate with security measures. The Senate, in debating the death penalty bill, adopted an amendment under which kid- nappers, hijackers and other criminals who had committed murder could escape the death penalty if they released hostages they were holding. Earlier the .Senate rejected, 47 to 41, an amendment by Senator Floydllaskell, (Dem. to take the mandatory death sentence provisions out of the bill. But it adopted by an 87-to-O vote an amendment by Senator James Buckley (Cons-Rep. N.Y.) to prohibit the execution of a pregnant woman. Buckley's amendment would not prevent a death sentence from being carried out after the woman had given birth to her baby. DRINKING, DRIVING POOR COMBINATION OTTAWA (CP) Young people have to learn to drive- but also how to lessen their high share of traffic accidents and fatalities. Dr. Arthur Peart, medical director of the Traffic Injury Research Foun- dation, said Wednesday. "He was commenting in an interview on the latest research foundation survey which shows that drivers aged 15 to 24 are twice as likely to get killed behind the wheel as older drivers. Young people do not know how to drink, said Dr. Peart. They drank too much and gul- ped it down, and felt the im- pairing effects of the alcohol more severely. Older people usually drive more carefully but they have also learned with experience how to stay under control when they drink, he said. The survey says more than half the and in car accidents probably had been drinking, usually excessively. The survey of 1972 driver fa- talities in the five western provinces and Greater Montreal says 55 per cent of the 1.380 deceased drivers tested for alcohol in their blood stream had been drinking. Of this number, almost 83 per cent had blood alcohol levels of at least .08 per cent, which is the maximum at which a person can drive legally. Fatalities were highest in the youngest age to accounted for only eight per cent of all drivers but 20 per cent of the total killed. Dr. Peart said more educa- tion, more police surveillance and stiffer penalties are needed to cut the effect of drinking on the traffic toll. The study says pedestrian deaths, which account for about 25 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities, also bad a high alcohol correlation. About 44 per cent of deceased pedestrians tested had been drinking and 88 per cent of those had blood alcohol levels higher than .08 per cent The total number of people killed throughout Canada during the year was 6.221. an average of about 16 people a day. More than persons were reported injured. B.C. pondering rent VANCOUVER The Province says the government is seriously considering a proposal for a freeze on rents in British Columbia. The morning newspaper says one of its reporters overheard a member of the NDP caucus telling a constituent that the government was seriously considering the rent freeze, put forward by Emery Barnes