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However, undesirable as such transfers are, when they do occur they represent action to correct intolerable and abnormal situations. It is essential that the Do-It-Yourself Household Moving industry secure sufficient allocation of gasoline to perform such transfers even though they do not directly involve a household move, or our ability to provide this service to millions of Americans will be severely curtailed.

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AMERICAN MINING CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., November 16, 1973.

Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: We have seen, and are highly appreciative of, the in. clusion in S. 1570 of a priority for fuels for use in the exploration, development, and extraction of fuels as well as transportation of such fuels.

Under your leadership, and in accord with the Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970, the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee and the Congress have determined that the national economic prosperity and national security base are conditioned upon a paramount national policy of the fostering, promotion and development of a sound domestic mining industry.

The mining industry now finds it extremely difficult to maintain current capacity because of the critical shortages of the supplies necessary to do the job of supplying the mineral needs of the nation. For example, the current supply shortages of roof bolts, diesel oil, ammonium nitrate, electrical cable, and certain machinery and replacements parts are of such an order of magnitude as to threaten imminent shutdown of much of the mining industry. You have previously recognized the need for certain mineral priorities, as contained in S. 1570, but due to the interdependence of the industry those priorities must embrace the mining of all minerals.

As you know, metals such as copper, lead, and zinc, etc. are basic to all industry, and minerals such as phosphate, potash, and sulfur are vital to produce fertilizer for food production.

Therefore, we respectfully solicit your good offices in seeking amendment of S. 2589 so as to provide for a priority treatment in mining of all minerals by the allocation of residual fuel oil and refined petroleum products in such amounts and in such manner as may be necessary for the maintenance of exploration for, and production, processing and extraction of, minerals, and for required transportation related thereto.

We are also communicating with Senator Fannin and Senator Hansen with respect to this matter, and we most urgently solicit your help. With warmest personal regards always, I am


J. ALLEN OVERTON, Jr., President.


Spokane, Wash., November 23, 1973.

Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS: Further to my letter of November 21, 1973 (copy attached), we are hopeful that no mention of "lighted advertising" will appear in the House version of the Emergency Energy Bill.

In the event the House Bill does contain language similar to that in the Senate Bill, we recommend the following underlined language be inserted in the section relating to Emergency Fuel Shortage Contingency Plans:

restrictions against the use of fuel or energy for nonessential uses such as lighted advertising (except public service information devices such as clocks, thermometers, calendars, weather and news) and recreational activities;

We believe that this action is certainly in the public interest and respectfully request your committee's consideration of our recommendation.





November 21, 1973.

Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce,
U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS: I am enclosing a copy of a wire which we sent Senator Jackson and others relative to the language in the Senate version of the Energy Bill which we feel will impose a drastic burden and penalty against the business community far beyond the electrical advertising companies. In support of this I am enclosing a copy of a letter I received from a sign com. pany in Oregon that describes the penalty imposed on this business and other businesses because of the arbitrary decision by Governor McCall.

It should be noted by the Congressional leaders that Governor McCall's decision had such a dramatic and negative impact on the business community in Oregon that he rescinded the order against illuminated advertising last Tuesday.

If the House does concur with the Senate version of the Energy Bill relative to illuminated advertising displays, we respectfully request that it be better defined and that it specifically exclude clocks, thermometers and public information devices. We have voluntarily disconnected all of the illuminated displays in conjunction with our public service displays and they were exempt from restrictions in Oregon because of the vast number of people benefiting from this public service. We have reduced the hours of operation which has reduced the energy consumption by from 25-48%. More than 100 mililon Americans are using the time and temperature public service displays throughout America each day, which are generously sponsored by more than six thousand financial institutions across the country, and the amount of energy they use is miniscule.

We believe that this action is certainly in the public interest, and respectfully request your consideration of this request.

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The over 15,000 truck drivers of the household goods movers must have energy legislation providing for authority for fuel rationing of diesel fuel.

As irregular route carriers, we do not possess fuel terminals. Our drivers must have opportunity to buy diesel fuel at retail at every point in the U.S. Allocations at wholesale does not help.

Our ability to provide service to military and civilian household goods and high value products will be downgraded unless a rationing system is authorized. This is an urgent request that rationing authority be included in pending legislation.

Washington, D.C.

ELMER H. OSTERMEYER, Vice President-General Manager. JOPLIN, MO., November 12, 1973.

DEAR SENATOR JACKSON: I am writing you about the energy situation because you and the Senate Interior Committee, that you chair, have been concerned and are trying to do something about it. The President recently requested authority to develop and produce from the Naval Oil Reserve at Elk Hills, California. This would be dangerous, I think, as this reserve was set aside years ago as an emergency reserve to be used in case of war. It shouldn't be used in a domestic energy crisis.

Another request was that controls should be voluntary. This energy crisis is serious and should have mandatory controls with stiff penalties. We tried volun

tary in price and wage controls and it didn't work. We also tried it on fuel oil. A government report released this week indicates that fuel oil exports in 1973 will drastically surpass 1972 despite a serious shortage in America. A cost of living council study indicates that 53.3 million gallons of fuel oil will be exported during 1973, a 284 per cent increase over 1972.

Another request was to let the administration tap the Highway Trust Fund to help mass transit companies in the larger cities. This congress just tapped this trust fund this year for that. I think it would be far better and benefit all Americans most to use some of this Highway Trust Fund to help finance an energy research and development program. This energy situation is very serious and should be figured on a long time proposition. Why not, at this time, start cutting down on the large, powerful motors being used in passenger automobiles, which guzzle the gasoline. Maybe our research could come up with a gasoline substitute.

Very sincerely,



PUEBLO ROCK WOOL CO., Pueblo, Colo., November 14, 1973.

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Reference Senate bill 2589. Senator Moss is submitting an amendment to substitute a new section 306 to referenced bill. Substitution is in essence his Senate bill 861 about which we have corresponded previously. We believe Senator Moss's approach of an incentive is the best way to accomplish improved insulation, glazing, caulking and humidification on existing homes. Strongly urge your support of this provision.

MARION E. DREW, General Manager.


ROADSIDE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Minneapolis, Minn., November 12, 1973.

Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs,
U.S. Senate,

Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR JACKSON: The Roadside Business Association representing sign users, highway advertising companies and manufacturers of outdoor advertising which primarily give directional information to motorists on rural highways about lodging, food, gas, attractions, and similar services of interest to the traveling public, voted at it's annual meeting last Friday to urge all Roadside Business Association Members to voluntarily reduce usage of electrical energy by 25% during the current emergency.

Although the electrical usage by Roadside Business Association Members represents only a fractional part of 1% of the total energy consumed, Roadside Business Association takes this action as a means of fully cooperating to meet the natural energy crisis and of encouraging other voluntary programs.

Sincerely yours,



Park Forest South, Ill., November 14, 1973.

Senate Office Building,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR JACKSON: Enclosed is a copy of the original draft of an article which will appear later this week in the Perspective section of The Chicago Tribune. Since writing this initial article on the energy crisis, I have expanded considerably on my concept of a two-tier system of energy resource allocation. If you and your committee would like to hear more about the operation of this concept as I envisage it, I would be happy to submit a copy of a second article

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