Environment: Ford's Message: No Threat to Ecology

When President Ford urged in his anti-inflation speech last week that domestic production of energy be stepped up, he implied that many of the hard-won environmental gains of the past few years might have to be compromised in the process. But environmentalists seemed more disappointed than concerned about the President's message.

"We were hoping for a really bold move by Ford on energy conservation," says David Brower, president of Friends of the Earth. "What we got was warmed-over Nixon." Indeed, Ford's program smacked mostly of old proposals that Congress had refused to pass...

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