[The President's] program would increase the pollution of rivers and might well pose additional health hazards to humans. Because it would require wide-scale strip mining of coal and intensive excavation of shale, it also has the potential to disfigure vast areas of the West...there is substantial evidence that the cost and technological difficulties of developing synfuel to the point where it can possibly help ease the energy shortage will far exceed Carter's estimations....
—SCORECARD, July 30, 1979, in reporting on President Carter's newly announced program to develop synthetic fuels as a means of increasing U.S. energy production.
Exxon, the world's richest company, allied in a joint venture with TOSCO, the most experienced oil shale developer, with the most highly developed shale technology, said it would walk away from a project on which it had spent about half a billion dollars. The reason? Projected costs had more than doubled in two years, even before the technology's most difficult environmental problems had been solved....
—The Washington Post, May 6, 1982, on the cancellation of the oil shale project that had been given the greatest chance of success, a move that all but killed the faltering U.S. synthetic fuels program.
HE MAKES SOME KIND OF LIST
As the TV sports columnist for the Long Island, N.Y. newspaper Newsday, Stan Isaacs has spent countless hours in front of the tube watching sports events—and listening to sportscasters. Herewith a list Isaacs recently ran of his least favorite on-the-air expressions:
1) Tie: "incredible," "unbelievable," "fantastic."
4) "At this point in time."
5) "He's something else."
6) "Does it all."
7) "Some kind of...."
8) "He gave him (all) (more than) he wanted."
9) "Young freshman."
10) "A real (good) (hot) (fine)...."
11) "He popped him up."
12) Tie: "threw caution to the winds," "deadlock."
And as long as we're on the subject, SI's Baltimore correspondent, Joe D'Adamo, thinks it's time that another pet expression of sportscasters, that somebody or other "gives 110 percent," be adjusted for inflation. D'Adamo believes that athletes should henceforth be lauded for effort only if they give 120% or more.