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Richard Nixon: Statement on Signing the Emergency <B><font color='#cc3300'>Daylight</font></B> Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973.
Richard Nixon
359 - Statement on Signing the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973.
December 15, 1973
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I AM pleased to sign today H.R. 11324, placing the United States on daylight saving time for a period of approximately 2 years, beginning at 2 a.m., Sunday, January 6, 1974.

We have taken a number of actions to meet the energy crisis, and more will have to be taken. Many require inconvenience and sacrifice. But daylight saving time on a year-round basis, which will result in the conservation during the winter months of an estimated equivalent of 150,000 barrels of oil a day, will mean only a minimum of inconvenience and will involve equal participation by all. Unlike many of our other initiatives to deal with the energy crisis and to accomplish the goal of self-sufficiency in energy through Project Independence, these savings will not require research, new technology, diplomacy, or exploration.

I am delighted that the Congress has moved expeditiously in providing this method of helping to meet the energy shortage, and I am hopeful that we might see equally expeditious action on the more complex and far-reaching legislation which we must have to deal with this problem.

I call upon the Congress to complete action before the recess on Responsible bills to provide the energy emergency authorities we need to deal with the problem and to give a statutory base to the Federal Energy Administration to provide the necessary focused leadership.

Note: The President signed the bill in a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House.

As enacted, H.R. 11324 is Public Law 93-182 (87 Stat. 707).

Citation: Richard Nixon: "Statement on Signing the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973.," December 15, 1973. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=4073.
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