President Carter is continuing his verbal offensive again the oil industry saying he is "just not going to stand for" oil and gas companies getting "an unwarranted advantage at the expenses of the American consummers."
The President told 10 out-of-town editors and news directors Friday he is "convinced that the oil and gas companies, through their efforts on Capitol Hill to get more profit . . ." are trying to get such an advantage.
"And there is no way that I can deal with the question by being quiet or timid or quiescent," he said. "We have gone as far as we can."
Carter didn't say what he planned to do except for the hint that he will continue speaking out, and an implication that he hopes the industry's seccesful fight to gut his energy legislation in the Senate will be turned around in a House-Senate conference committee.
"We hope to have a productive conference committee, as is well understood by many of the senators," he said.
In a televised news conference Thursday. Carter directed his harshest invective yet at the oil and gas industry, suggesting that the impending energy crisis could produce "the biggest rip-off in history," and that ". . . the oil companies apparently want it all."
He spoke with the editors and news directors a day later, but the transcript of his comments was embargoed by the White House until yesterday afternoon, the usual procedure when he meets with such groups.
Carter mentioned ". . . the tremendous volume of constant and legitimate advertising by the oil companies and the natural gas companies . . ." in recent months.
"There is a cloudy impression built up among the American people that we do have adequate supplies . . . if the government would just let the oil and gas companies set whatever price they choose and take the profits, which they claim to earn and invest it back into additional production which I think is a very gross distortion of the fact," he said.
On other domestic issues, the President said he is not inclined to intervene in the East and Gulf Coast longshoremen's strike, or the strike of iron miners and processors in the Mesabi Range of Minnesota.
Carter said he would get involved if he felt the nation's security were in danger, but "I believe that it is better for us not to do this because both parties feel that if the White House or the Labor Department is going to get precipitously involved in the negotiations they are not nearly so eager to to negotiate themselves.