“We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling…if everybody was just inflating their tires”–Barack Obama
(Taken from Powerline Blog)
Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let’s be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that’s a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.
Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.
How does this stack up against “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling?”
ANWR: 10 billion barrels
Outer Continental Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much higher, since exploration has been banned)
Oil shale: 1 trillion barrels
So, on the above assumptions, it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”
The republican party responded by sending out tire gauges. Stupid idea. Tire gauges are, in of themselves, not bad things. They would help the energy crisis (a little bit). The point is that Obama shouldn’t go around claiming that they could solve it. McCain needs a new campaign manager.
Faith Based Initiatives
“As I’ve said many times, I believe that change comes not from the top down, but from the bottom up, and few are closer to the people than our churches, synagogues, temples and mosques”–Barack Obama
So, proposes Obama, we should fund more faith-based initiatives. **Head Bang**
Now, I’m not saying that McCain isn’t going to fund crap like that, but the reasons I would vote for a Democrat are separation of church and state, alternative energy, and social freedoms (gay marriage, abortion, etc.) and Obama has just discounted two of those. Lovely.
The Brilliant Energy Plan (all energy plan quotes take from Obama’s official website)
Point 1 Short term relief
(a bad idea to begin with)
“Obama will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills.”
Excessive oil company profits, eh? Well sure, oil companies make money, but they also pay taxes. The Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Department of Energy tell us that in the last 25 years, oil companies have paid 2.2 trillion dollars in taxes, and made about a third of that in profit. How long can a company exist when it pays more taxes than the money it earns? Good question. We might all hate the oil companies, but I think there’d be some general malcontent if they were to ALL go bankrupt. Gas might be expensive, but not having gas? Much, much worse.
“Barack Obama will close energy industry market loopholes and increase transparency to prevent traders from unfairly lining their pockets, while driving up oil prices at the expense of the American people.”
The energy companies are trying to evade taxes and drive up prices?!?! No way!!! Maybe they’re trying to make more money than they’re losing through taxes? Oh, no. Surely not. They are evil and must be taxed more to stop them from avoiding taxes!!
“With oil prices doubling in the past year, Barack Obama believes we have an economic emergency that requires a limited, responsible swap of light oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) for heavy crude oil to help bring down prices at the pump. ”
So…let’s use up all the oil we have saved, for when the oil companies go bankrupt due to excessive taxing. But what will we do tomorrow, sir, when we have no reserves and no oil companies?
(get off of foreign oil: this is the part I wish would work, and yet wishing doesn’t do me any good…=(
“Obama will increase fuel economy standards 4 percent per year while providing $4 billion for domestic automakers to retool their manufacturing facilities in America to produce these vehicles.”
Heh. I don’t mind that one too much…but I do wonder where we’re going to get the extra 4 billion….
“Get 1 Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015.
These vehicles can get up to 150 miles per gallon. Barack Obama believes we should work to ensure these cars are built here in America, instead of factories overseas. ”
Another great idea, if we could get it to work. Are we going to force people to buy hybrids? Are we going to set up state controlled automakers to build the cars in America instead of overseas? This is really something that the free market should take care of, and not something Obama can promise, unless he himself is going to buy cars and leave them on roads. Also, with the huge corporate income taxes that Obama is proposing, I’m really doubting that any brand new companies are going to start making hybrids. Maybe he should LOWER income taxes (like socialist Europe is finally realizing they have to do) and allow Americans to make hybrids.
Points C, D, and E
Give people a 7,000 dollar tax credit if they buy a fuel efficient car, a national minimum for fuel efficiency, and force companies to drill for oil in land they own
C. Will the 7,000 tax credit will be payed with nonexistent money, or money from additional taxes on oil companies? No one knows.
D. The fuel efficiency minimum is a good idea. I actually support that. But within point D he includes this “Obama will also require 60 billion gallons of advanced biofuels to be phased into our fuel supply by 2030.” Where are we getting the biofuels and who is he going to “require” to pay for them?
E. Has he not realized that interfering with the free market is a bad idea?? Forcing the oil companies (who, as I previously mentioned are losing more than they’re making) to spend a whole bunch of money is going to cause them to topple even faster. If they topple, gas prices sky rocket.
Point 3 Let’s make millions of new green jobs
This section of the plan amounts to a whole bunch of resolutions. Obama will “make a national commitment to weatherize at least one million low-income homes” and “set an aggressive energy efficiency goal to reduce electricity demand 15 percent ” and “Ensure 10 percent of Our Electricity Comes from Renewable Sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.” Not only does he not say how he will do these things, but he doesn’t say if he himself will actually do anything, or just tell the nation that this is what we should shoot for.
Ah. I feel so enlightened. Our new plan is to set goals, bankrupt the oil companies, and pay people with invisible money. Vote for the Jelly Doughnut, ’08.
Of Tire Gauges, Religion, and other things Obama fails at