In the United States President Carter has ordered increased petrol supplies for California, the state hardest hit by the country's current fuel crisis, following a meeting with Californian Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday (16 May).
GV Californian Governor Jerry Brown and colleagues entering White House (2 shots)
GV White House
GV Governor Brown and colleagues prepare for news conference (3 shots)
CU Governor Brown speaking to reporters
CU Governor Brown speaking
GV & CU U.S. President Jimmy Carter walks to microphone
CU President Carter speaking to reporters
TRAVEL SHOT Cars queueing in Los Angeles for petrol (2 shots)
CU Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani speaking to reporters in English
LYNCH: "With California motorists still suffering through a gasoline drought, Governor Brown showed up at the White House looking for additional gas supplies. While he had asked for a one-on-one session with President Carter, the White House turned it into a mass meeting by inviting California House speaker Leo McCarthy, Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley, and the State's huge Congressional delegation. The President gave brown no extra gasoline, but he did order a two per cent boost in the state's set-aside allowance, making it easier for Brown to juggle available supplies. The Governor said he was encouraged at the White House response, but also seemed to be putting Mr. Carter on notice that if the shortage continues, he'll be in political trouble."
BROWN: "The point has been made. The President knows the people in California and Nevada are getting angry. He knows that this thing can spread across the country. And he said he'll do everything he can, and I think he certainly deserves a few weeks to see how well it's going to turn out."
LYNCH: "Late this afternoon (16 May), in an apparent effort to keep Brown from hogging all the day's headlines, the President issued a repot on the California gas shortage and told what he's doing to help."
CARTER: "We have not found any evidence of collusion or illegalities among the oil companies. But I have directed the Department of Justice and the Department of Energy to launch an investigation to assure that there are no improprieties or any illegalities or evidences of collusion in the withholding of fuel supplies for California or any other state."
YAMANI: "It was expected by everybody who has some knowledge in the oil business. As a matter of fact we had a meeting with so many chairmans in the big companies in this country outside the oil industry. And I told them in January. I told the Chairman of General Motors and others that there will be a shortage in the gasoline supply in the United States. It's ABC to us; so what's happening is expected, and it will continue unless you improve on your refineries on one side and reduce your consumption of gasoline on the other side."
REPORTER: BILL LYNCH
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Background: In the United States President Carter has ordered increased petrol supplies for California, the state hardest hit by the country's current fuel crisis, following a meeting with Californian Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday (16 May). But the President said he had found no evidence that oil companies were illegally withholding supplies from the market to force up prices. Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, in the United States on a private lecture tour, told newsmen on Monday (14 May) that the current shortages had been widely forecast and would continue until the country took corrective action. A report from NBC's Bill Lynch.
SYNOPSIS: After a week of rationing in Los Angeles, the petrol queues remain. Sheikh Yamani has promised his country will resist a further price rise at next month's (June) OPEC meeting, but he offered little comfort on the present crisis.