Nation: If You Can't Stand the Heat

The White House has been in a sweat for months over a number of issues, but none stickier than a situation that can be traced to the good intentions of the President. On April 10, determined to set a fuel-saving example, Carter sent a memo to the General Services Administration, the Government's housekeeper, asking that thermostats in all federal buildings be set no lower then 80°. He ended up being too conscientious in Washington's long and sultry summer: high temperatures and humidity have frequently turned the White House into a steam bath.

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