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Title

Energy Should Be Everybody's Business

Description

Pamphlet offering television and radio stations free public service announcements that present a perspective on the energy crisis to counter that of big business.

Subject

Energy and environment

Creator

Public Interest Communications

Source

BenjaminRosenthalCollection.Box6.Folder14

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1970s

Rights

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Format

PDF
382134 bytes

Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

United States

Text

ENERGY SHOULD BE EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS
A PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGN
TO PRESENT THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE ENERGY CRISIS
Prepared by
Public Interest
Communications
1300 Sansome St., San Francisco 94111
(415) 397-9961

1. HOT ELECTRICITY
60 seconds
Audio
Man (to camera): Hey you. Come here, come here. I want to talk to you.

I got a hot little deal for you. Some electricity. Yeah? Sure, sure, there's an energy crisis-well, don't worry about it. Just tell me what you need. Like ya need a thousand kilowatt hours a week? I can get you a good price on that. You need 2,000 .... ? No problem. See, here's the deal : the more you use, the less you pay. No kidding!

Announcer (VO): The power companies tell the small residential users to conserve. But their rates tell the big industrial users to use more. Seems like a strange way to do business at a time when the world is running out of energy.

Man (to camera): You want 5,000 kilowatt hours a week? Oh, well now, I can get you a deal on that. Wow, I can get you a deal on that that you just won't believe. Believe me.

Go to black. Title:
CONSERVE ENERGY
TURN THE RATES AROUND

2. CONSUMER
SPOKESWOMAN
60 seconds
Audio
Spokeswoman: The way things are now, I can't heat my home, can't get gas for my car, and I never know from one week to the next whether I'm still going to have a job. And I wonder why.

So oil companies can make huge profits? Pay enormous dividends to their stockholders? Give their executives six-figure salaries and spend millions of dollars on advertising . . . when that money should be used to supply us our energy needs. I don't know .. . it's just not right.

But it's not enough to talk about it, so I'm writing my congressman and letting him know just how I feel . I hope you'll do the same. We've got to have an energy policy that puts people before profits .. . we've just got to.

Superimposed Titles :
ENERGY SHOULD BE
EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS
Sponsoring group
Address

3. EDSEL
60 seconds
Audio
I suppose you 've seen ads like these in your newspaper, in your magazines, same kind of thing on television. The oil companies are spending a lot of money on advertising, trying to sell us their version of this energy crisis.

They're selling the idea that they should make the big decisions about energy, because they have our best interests ar [sic] heart.
They're selling the idea that it's alright for them to control 80% of the world's energy supply.
They're selling the idea that we don 't have to worry about the environment, they'll take care of
that.
And they're trying to sell us on the idea that it's alright for us to sacrifice, while they make bigger
profits.

Well, big business has tried to sell the American people on many things in the past.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

ENERGY SHOULD BE
EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS

4. AIRCO 30 seconds
Audio
Loud, mechanical breathing sound.

Attendant: Hi, Joe, what'll it be today?
Man: Fill it up with regular, please.
Attendant: Sure thing.

Voice over: Think how absurd it would be if a few big corporations controlled the world's air supply.
Think about it for a moment. Then think about oil.

Go to BLACK. Titles:
ENERGY SHOULD BE
EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS
Sponsoring group
Address

DEAR BROADCASTER,
THESE TV AND RADIO SPOTS ABOUT THE ENERGY CRISIS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS.
THESE SPOTS PERFORM A GENUINE PUBLIC SERVICE BY PRESENTING A CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL VIEW OF THE ENERGY CRISIS. WE BELIEVE YOUR AUDIENCE WILL THANK YOU FOR RUNNING THEM.
ORDER FORM
Name ----------
Station -----------
Address ---------
City ---------
State ________________ Zip __________ _
TV-1 ___ TV-2 ___ TV-3 ___ TV-4 ___
RADIO REEL (5 SPOTS)
Send to: PUBLIC INTEREST COMMUNICATIONS
1300 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Original Format

Pamphlet
Paper
8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)

Citation

Public Interest Communications, “Energy Should Be Everybody's Business,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed November 23, 2017, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/queenscollege/items/show/15.