Nation: Of Minestrone and Mondali

Carter rides the rails to plug his energy program

Just when the U.S. seems on the verge of doing something about the energy crisis, the public loses interest in it. This is the problem that Jimmy Carter thought he faced last week, with Congress on vacation and the long gasoline lines of early summer fading from memory. The President and his advisers decided that he had to make some dramatic move to keep the energy issue before the public.

So he took an ostentatious train ride, boarding a special car attached to the Amtrak Metroliner at Washington's Union Station. Accompanying him were his...

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