POLICY: The Let's-Talk Strategy

The misnamed tin can, symbol of Americans' compulsion to litter, took on a new kind of emblematic role last week. In a rare display of Government-industry amity, U.S. Steel Corp. announced that it will raise the price of the tin-plated steel used to make most beer, vegetable and fruit cans by an average of 4.8%, and the White House publicly bestowed its blessing on the increase as a relatively moderate one. More important, TIME has learned that the Carter Administration got U.S. Steel to shave down the increase as a result of private talks that constituted a model of...

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