The 12th World Energy Conference was opened in New Delhi on September 18 with a call for the urgent development of non-oil sources of energy.
GV EXTERIOR New Delhi stadium
SV Delegates arriving
CU PULL BACK TO GV INTERIOR Delegates seated (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Mrs. Gandhi walks onto platform
CU Delegates seated
CU Mrs. Gandhi speaking (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE):
MRS. GANDHI: "i believe that energy could be the focal point of international cooperation. Reserves of oil and other fuels are finite. hence science is turning its attention to the possibility of harnessing the ampler and renewable resources like the sun, the wind and the tides. Industrial countries should so recast their economic processes that they reduce their offtake of oil and other depletable resources. Oil exporting, developing countries should utilise this breathing time to invest their exports earnings in social-economic development. Coal and oil are the most important non-renewable resources of energy. The shift will have to be first from oil to coal and then to others forms of energy which need to be developed rapidly. We do not have more than 25 to 50 years for the overall transition."
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Background: The 12th World Energy Conference was opened in New Delhi on September 18 with a call for the urgent development of non-oil sources of energy. Delegates from 71 countries, including several Chinese who were admitted shortly before the opening session, are participating in the six-day conference. The United States Government had earlier refused to attend the event after India rejected Israeli requests for visas. India has banned both Israel and South Africa from the conference as a protest against their government policies. The theme of the conference, which has attracted 3,000 delegates, is "Energy Development -- Quality of Life". Mrs. Gandhi said the development of alternative energy sources was crucial for the future of countries which needed to import oil. She said these countries should move their dependence from oil to coal as a first step, then change to what she described as "renewable energy sources", including solar, wind and tidal energy. In a veiled criticism of the United States Government, Mrs. Gandhi said that India was being obstructed at every step in its aim to develop a nuclear power programme. This was an apparent reference to a long-standing refusal by the United States to provide spares and enriched uranium for a nuclear plant near Bombay.