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05 August 2008 @ 02:05 am
McCain makes a joke of conserving gas  
So the latest "smear" in McCain's campaign is to laugh off Obama's answer in response to one woman who asked specifically what she could do herself to save money on gas. Obama rightly replied that simple things like keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure could help her conserve her gas usage. McCain is touting this as Obama's answer to the energy crisis, going so far as to send tire gauges to reporters with the label "Barack Obama's energy plan."

Well, Obama may have the last laugh, according to this Time Magazine article.


But who's really out of touch? The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030. We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.