Nation: A Jerry-Built Energy Program

California's Governor Brown thinks he has some better ideas

If he runs for the presidency in 1980, as many expect, California Governor Jerry Brown will be ready with his own energy program. Among other things, the $500 million Brown plan for California, unveiled after New Year's, proposes using windmills, wood chips, walnut shells, rice hulls, solar panels, coal gasification and hot water as alternatives to fossil fuels. Says Brown: "Americans seem to be getting less inventive. I'm going to try to stimulate things the best I can through energy innovation."

Of the total package, Brown would budget $200 million for energy development, $50...

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