Seek Solar Energy Aid for Israel

Sen. Alan Cranston (D.Calif.) has urged the Senate Interior and insular Affairs Committee headed by Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D.Wash.) to amend the pending Solar Energy Research Act to enable the U.S. to participate in a project now going on in Israel under the direction of Dr. Harry Tabor, director of the Hebrew University National Physical Laboratory in Jerusalem.

In his letter to Jackson, Cranston recommended that language be put into the Solar Energy Bill, introduced by Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D.Minn.), calling upon the U.S. to “cooperate and participate jointly with other nations, especially those with agreements for scientific cooperation with the U.S. in international, bilateral or multilateral research projects in the field of solar energy.”

This language, Cranston said, “would make clear to the fullest extent possible the accumulated expertise of scientists in other nations in the field of solar energy would be utilized rather than needlessly duplicated by U.S. scientists.”

Dr. Tabor, who testified before the Senate committee last month, was described by Cranston as a pioneer in advanced research on solar energy development. “Dr. Tabor’s experience in developing and testing the concept of a non-convecting solar pond in Israel.” Cranston stated in his letter, “could well be applied to meet the energy needs of the U.S. Without the help of other nations, however. Israel will not be able to develop further its solar energy programs.”

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