Updated 05/23/2012 06:20 PM
Tom Reed pushing for energy legislation
Gas prices are up, they're down, they're anything but consistent. Now Congressman Tom Reed is pushing for energy legislation that he hopes would change that. Our Lara Greenberg tells us why Reed wants to use domestic, alternative energy sources and how one company is already making that change.
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- $3.89. Not too bad compared to the $4.13 a gallon we once had to pay. But what if we could get that down to $1.65?
"I think that would be a dream. I long for the dollar gallon days."
Congressman Tom Reed says it's possible.
"We're talking about fossil fuels, natural gas, oil supplies that we find throughout America in our domestic soils," said Reed.
Reed is backing legislation that calls for alternative, domestic energy sources. He says it would save money and create jobs.
This Dandy Mini Mart in Elmira plans to add compressed natural gas, or CNG pumps. CNG would be cheaper per gallon.
"If every time you went to the gas pump, you took the difference in the price, whether it's diesel fuel or gasoline, put it in the bank. In seven years, it buys the next vehicle. That's a big savings," said Randy Williams, who owns the Dandy Mini Mart.
This is the two acre piece of property where the compressed natural gas pumps would be located. It's one of sites Randy Williams is working to convert, including ones in Towanda, Pennsylvania and Athens.
Jamison Gordon says he's all for alternative energy sources as long as it's environmentally safe.
"I just think we need to continue to do research, look into alternative resources whether it be different natural gases, different products to put into them," said Gordon of Syracuse.
But some think we need to look even further toward the future.
'I think it would be wiser for them to set up plug stations to start promoting renewable energy, like electric energy," said Tom Richter from New Jersey.
Either way, the cheaper, the better.
Reed says the House has passed 27 jobs bills, several of which deal directly with energy. He's calling on the Senate to act on the legislation.