1975 Scorecard Vote
(S. 2310) Emergency Natural Gas Act: The vote is on the Kennedy amendment to require major oil companies to divest themselves of their interests in alternative energy sources within three years. Large oil conglomerates have been buying up huge supplies of coal, uranium and oil shale reserves, in an effort to gain more total control over shale, coal gasification and other destructive, expensive energy sources which only they can afford to produce; thus their breakup would probably slow down development of these sources. Environmentalists prefer solar heat, wind, and other small scale energy sources which invite competition, and they favor breaking up conglomerates to reduce their power over national energy policies. The President took no official position. October 22, 1975. Rejected 39-53. The correct vote is yes.