Energy Indepehdence Falls to Bicentennial Vacations By ED DeANGELO Telegram's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON —The Bicentennial summer will bring Americans more than parades and fireworks displays. It is expected to bring also an increased demand for gas, ,as more' motorists hit the road for summer travels. However, energy authorities predict the nation will be able to meet the increased demand, even if imports must rise to new heights. ,' Which is precisely what is happening. During the second week of June; the U.S.. imported more crude oil than ever before. The high of 6,230,000 barrels a day was almost half a million more than the previous weekly rate which was set in March. As long as American refineries operate at their usual capacity, the Federal Energy Administration expects that the demand will be met. , But whatever happened to project independence? * * * While the demand for gasoline is going up the ad- vantages of being a supplier are going down. The possibility of Congress passing a controversial bill to break up large oil firms, plus the continuation of price controls on oil and gas, have •caused th emajor oil companies to speed up a trend toward diversification. For the present, the prospect of economic recovery, and renewed " industrial demand for oil, will keep oil companies producing a't the current rate. But when it comes to long-range plan- ning, many business observers, including the Wall Street Journal, predict that the oil firms will de-emphasize the exploration for new sources of oil and gas. More diversified investments are expected in fields of banking, real estate, agriculture and metals. This diversification is expected to accelerate over the next 15 years as the world's oil production slows down. * * *• The energy pinch will be felt this winter, when according to . Dr. Howard T. Curry Chiropractic off ice 24 Hr. Emergency Care 276-8284 IF NO ANSWER 276-7606 708 No. Main - Garden City Congressman Would Repeal Law Against False Claims the Federal Power Commission, the nation's natural gas shortage is expected to be about 30 per cent worse than it was last winter. However, the FPC is not able to predict yet which industries will be affected by the shortfall and if the shortage will cause serious economic problems. i * if if Fearful of future gas shortages, the House has started to take action on a federal program that would help finance the development of new synthetic fuels to supplement the declining WASHINGTON (AP) - A Missouri congressman has introduced legislation ' that would repeal the 1863 statute under which he is being sued NOTICE WE HAVE MOVED TO OUR NEW LOCATION 1115 KANSAS PLAZA ASSOCIATES FINANCIAL SERVICES CO. OF KANSAS INC. GARDEN CITY. KS. 275-4141 for allegedly making false claims for official travel. The same law is being used by two lawyers to sue Rep. Wayne L. Hays, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Ray, a former em- ploye who has claimed Hays hired her solely to provide him with sexual intercourse. , Hays .has admitted a "personal relationship" with Miss Ray but said she was placed on the staff Oof the House Adminitration Committee he then headed to do secretarial .work. The congressman filing the bill to repeal the law is Rep. William L. Clay, D-Mo. The measure would not affect the civil suit filed against him because the repeal would not be retroactive. The 1863 law permits any citizen to sue a federal official in the name of the United States for knowingly making false claims against the government. The Justice Department has 60 days under it to take over the suit. The person suing could receive 10 per cent of any funds recovered. Clay was found by reporters stock of natural gas. Although many legislators, as well as the Energy Research and Development Administration, back the concept of developing new technologies, including the gasification of coal, a bill that would help private industries enter the field has gotten bogged down on its way to the House floor. • The major debate centers on whether it is the federal government's responsibility to directly finance private industry's exploration of new . coal gasification technologies. Many Congressmen fear the assistance will subsidize big business and promote a technology that could soon be outdated by new research. Four House committees have studied the bill and come up with four different versions. Their recommendations range from generous provisions for loan guarantees for new synthetic fuels producers to more cautious promises of price guarantees to producers who have successfully financed their own way. Proponents of coal gasification say price guarantees won't help — the Page 13 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, June'30,1976 real need for money is in the beginning when the expensive plants are bing built. But opponents counter that it's not the government's job to help a company produce sythetic gas that won't be competitive in price and with present technology can not be produced in the eastern half of the country. Now the Rules Committee must decide how to present this tangle of legislation for consideration on the House floor. earlier this year to have been reimbursed for official travel to his St. Louis-home when voting records showed him to be in Washington. Travel vouchers also were filed for trips to different cities on the same dates. Clay at the time blamed the apparent discrepancies in the records on clerical errors resulting from lost receipts and airline tickets and long delays between the time of trips and the filing of claims for reimbursement. He also"hoted that his total travel reimbursement has been less than House rules allow. ., Alan R. Hollander, 22, a firstyear law student in Buffalo, N.Y., after reading news accounts of the Clay case, paid a $10 filing fee and sued the congressman. The Justice Department took over the case on June 4, although no charges have been placed against Clay by it. Clay said on Monday that the "silly law" allows nuisance suits against members of Congress and other government officials. 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