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40 years ago: Lawrence residents respond to Nixon’s energy conservation measures

November 8, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 8, 1973:

Several Lawrence residents and business owners said this week that they were opting to turn down their thermostats and slow their highway driving speeds in accordance with President Nixon's fuel-saving suggestions. Many residents surveyed by the Journal-World said they were complying with the recommendations both for reasons of fuel economy and, in the case of the speed limit, highway safety. "I think it will do more than conserve energy if we all slow down to 50 miles an hour," said resident Mrs. William Holloway. Spokesmen for several local businesses, including Reuter Organ, Fleetwood Homes, the Hallmark plant, the Kresge Distribution Center, Packer Plastics, King Radio, and FMC, all said thermostats had been lowered. An order limiting state-owned vehicles to a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour was the first conservation measure to be announced by Gov. Robert Docking. President Nixon this week had asked Congress to give him emergency power to ration gasoline and oil, cut working hours, reduce highway speed limits, put the nation on year-round Daylight Saving Time, and suspend antipollution programs. The president's top energy adviser, John A. Love, said that nationwide gasoline rationing would probably be imposed by next spring.

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