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cost power sliould be rapidly developed. The
staff of the Federal Power Commission found
that the need for power in the northeastern part
of the country is so great that the additional pow-
er from the Niagara River, together with that to
be made available from the St. Lawrence seaway
and power project, can all be used in New York
and adjacent States as soon as the necessary works
can be constructed.

When the Niagara treaty has been ratified, the
question will naturally arise as to how additional
facilities shall be developed to achieve the best
use of water to be diverted for power purposes.
My own views, on this question, are a matter of
public record ; I believe that the additional power
facilities should be publicly constructed, in order
that the benefits of the hydroelectric power pro-
duced there can be passed on to the people at the
lowest possible cost to them.

This is a question, however, which is not deter-
mined by the treaty itself. It is a question which
■we in the United States must settle under our own
procedures and laws. It would not be appropri-
ate either for this country or for Canada to re-
quire that an international agreement between
them contain the solution of what is entirely a
domestic problem. All this treaty does is to make
additional water legally available for power pur-
poses in each of the two countries. This is a step
which must be taken in the interest of the LTnited
States. It is one which should be left separate
from the steps which must be taken in this country



in order to convert this water into additional
power.

Accordingly, I urge the Senate to consider this
treaty promptly, in order that this hydroelectric
power, badly needed in the United States and Can-
ada, ciin bo made available at the earliest possible
time.

Harry S. Truman

The White House,
May £, 1950



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