Omaha Public Radio News
3:39 am
Wed June 25, 2008

Nebraska lawmaker says there's no short-term solution for high gas prices

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman says there is no short-term solution to high gas prices.

Congressman Lee Terry says lawmakers could pass a comprehensive plan now that would result in some immediate relief. But Terry says constituents are telling him they're frustrated by Congress' lack of action on any sort of energy plan.

The Omaha Republican says he supports Senator John McCain's plan for a smart battery. Earlier this week, McCain suggested a $300 million prize for anyone who could develop a smart battery. But Terry says McCain's plan doesn't address alternative energy.

Terry supports offshore oil drilling and using shale that's been banned by Congress in the past.

He also says that for America to really become energy independent, all resources should be used. Terry says doing so will also require all Americans to conserve and drive less.