Of Tire Gauges, Religion, and other things Obama fails at

Tire Gauges

“We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling…if everybody was just inflating their tires”–Barack Obama

….Wow.

(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.”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/08/021171.php

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)

Point A

“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.

Point B

“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!!

Point C

“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?

Point 2

(get off of foreign oil: this is the part I wish would work, and yet wishing doesn’t do me any good…=(

Point A

“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….

Point B

“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.

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3 Responses to Of Tire Gauges, Religion, and other things Obama fails at

  1. new conservative says:

    I remember the lines at the gas stations during the Carter Admin and how the Iranians released the American hostages when Carter left. Obama will be the new Carter and we will have gas lines and terrorist because he wants to have us use tire gauges and be everyone’s friend. It will take drilling, alternative energy and conservation starting today to plan for our future. As well as understanding that if the world doesn’t love us, we will survive.

  2. marinalee says:

    marinalee Says:
    August 16, 2008 at 6:53 pm edit

    Ok…I mentioned this came from facebook. So, here’s what people are saying on facebook…

    Ethan–
    I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to see Obama get thrashed…Marina, you’ve got your head in the right place on this one. I just think it’s so stupid how he thinks that excessive taxing, especially of large businesses like Big Oil, is supposed to solve the energy crisis…

    Ali–
    GLORIOUS
    and just so you know, unfortunetly electric cars just aren’t a viable option at the moment. The best running electric car runs for more than my house. And even still, these electric cars can’t be used very practically. Most of them can’t go over forty miles an hour, and the ones in the average American price range barely get over 25 miles an hour. Above that, they can’t run for long periods of time, making them simply an expensive inconvenience.
    and frankly, excessive taxes will get Obama nothing but a failing economy. i thought he wanted to fix that? oops…

    Ben–
    But some of this is an unfair, or slightly exaggerated look at Obama’s positions. While recently he may have made stupid comments about Tire Guages “SOLVING THE OIL CRISIS” he has made it clear that he has strong interest in alternative forms of energy, and for the McCain campaign that their position will supply more jobs the Obama’s is ludicrous.

    And fortunately, some of your statistics on Big Oil’s profits are completely untrue. Even if Oil Companies are paying 2.2 Trillion dollars for taxes, Exxon Mobile recently had the biggest profit in the history of the United States, making 11.7 billion dollars in the second quarter alone. Their total sales are $138 billion dollars, and they supply less than 3% of the worlds oil. Although the INDUSTRY’S profits might be down overall, there’s no way to say that such an industry could go under with a higher tax.In any case, the point isn’t to save big oil, but like your note says, to find a way to switch over to hybrids. while it seems the consensus of your group is that it can’t be done, we have europe to turn to as an example, who is completely buying into the fad along with japan of using diesel and hybrid cars. They have far more successful economies at the moment than the United States, who is usually behind the technology curve, so maybe there’s something to be learned from them. Even though experts say that hybrids and diesel are just a temporary fad, it’s a necessary transition for the day when big oil can no longer thrive. Even if electric cars currently have less capacity for speed, they are a necessary adjustment, as well as fuel cell technology, which is on it’s way in 10 or 20 years.

    With McCain’s positions, big oil would be allowed to dominate the energy economy, and even with off shore drilling and foreign oil, the supplies are eventually going to run out. You said that Obama has set out no plan for covering our electric needs, however him along with T-Boone have suggested using domestic resources of NATURAL GAS and WIND FARMS to decrease our dependence on foregin oil and electricity drastically. in the last decade alone, we have discovered oceans of Natural gas, a resources that burns much cleaner than the crude oil sold by Big Oil companies such as Exxon Mobile.

    As for the “pay people with invisible money bit” i can only say that under McCain’s administration, we’d find alot more of our VISIBLE money disappearing in Foregin Oil and the Iraq War. Whereas Obama has at least set out some kind of desire to remove the troops from Iraq in the next two years, McCain has his heart set on completely finishing the investment.While it is important to stay in Iraq until the government and military we’ve created is stable, it is irresponsible to think that we can continue burning money there. Like McCain says in his speeches, he’s willing to stay in Iraq for 100 years. And this is no exaggeration. We have military bases in North Korea since the war ended.

    One last point I’ll make, if one thinks Obama is presumptuous, then listen to the things promised by John McCain, an outline of his goals:

    2013: Iraq war has been won, the ENTIRE WORLD is completely Al Queda proof. Nowhere they can go.
    United States has totally robust economy
    World Food Crisis has ended
    Our southern border is now secure
    And of course, McCain has followed Osama to the gates of hell

    At least Obama has viable solutions. I don’t see McCain sitting down with economic experts to solve Economy problems. He said to George Stephenopolous that he could balance the budget while offering $300 billion dollars a year in tax cuts simultaneously. A vote for McCain is a vote for over stretching the treasury, foreign oil, and unobtainable goals.And when you’re talking about flip floping, look how far McCain has come since his moderate views in the 2004 race! He’s the definition of marketable product.

    Ari–
    Well to be completely fair all candidates have changed their positions. The McCain you are talking about is McCain in 2000, by 2004 he held borderlines likings of the positions he has now. As for Obama his main criticisms of McCain are those that he has flipped his positions on. For one the war in Iraq.

    ” It has been documented in National Review Online by Peter Wehner that Barack Obama, far from always taking the same position on the war in Iraq, has in fact taken different positions at different times—don’t go in, stay in, get out, roughly in order.Now comes Belmont Club blogger Richard Fernandez with a Pajamas Media blog post suggesting, though not quite charging, that Obama’s changes in position were prompted by concern for his longtime patron and friend Tony Rezko, who sought a contract to build a $150 million power plant in Iraqi Kurdistan with some help from a couple of Chicago-based Iraqi-Americans.”

    And two, his energy policy which now calls for “limited off shore drilling,” is in direct opposition the 1990 George Bush Sr. decision on offshore drilling as being irresponsible to the environment. “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama Friday withdrew his opposition to additional offshore oil drilling, essentially embracing his rival’s energy stance, which is credited in part with pumping up Sen. John McCain’s poll numbers.” ~ Washington Post

    Ben–
    well you bring up a good point. However while some might call it flip flopping, Barack specifically said that he thinks off shore drilling is bad, but not the worst thing, and in order to successful accomplish his goals in congress of alternative energy, he was willing to consider taking up the position as a compromise. However you do bring up a good point. Both candidates are guilty of changing their views to match the public.
    The system is broken. As one will read about in Al Gore’s recent book, Assult on Reason, it’s easy to see that demographics and the limited attention span of the average voter forces candidtes to package themselves in a mere 20 to 30 seconds of tv airtime. They must do what it takw to win votes, or they will not have a positiion to inact the good they aim for. Even integrity packed people such as McCain and Obama, both of whom I respect, are guilty of soiling their pure political credibility in the name of winning votes.

    David–
    Mccain says that he does support inflating your tires.. in fact the DMV highly suggests it.

    Ben–
    the dmv is retarded and terrible and i hate it. but the tire guage is smart.

    Ari–
    HAHA DMW, not worth quoting. BTW that was AAA that suggested it if it was the highly publicized suggestion that the news discusses.

    Me, Replying to Ben–
    Reply to Ben:

    “In any case, the point isn’t to save big oil, but like your note says, to find a way to switch over to hybrids. while it seems the consensus of your group is that it can’t be done, we have europe to turn to as an example, who is completely buying into the fad along with japan of using diesel and hybrid cars. They have far more successful economies at the moment than the United States, who is usually behind the technology curve, so maybe there’s something to be learned from them. Even though experts say that hybrids and diesel are just a temporary fad, it’s a necessary transition for the day when big oil can no longer thrive. Even if electric cars currently have less capacity for speed, they are a necessary adjustment, as well as fuel cell technology, which is on it’s way in 10 or 20 years.”

    If we leave big oil alone, it won’t need saving. The point is not to save big oil, but to avoid killing it.

    The price of gas in England and most of Europe fluctuates from between 9-11 dollars per gallon, and it was 18 for a while when a transport company went on strike. That’s the real reason Europe has such tiny cars: they can’t afford to drive bigger ones. I suppose we could force people to switch over to hybrids by raising gas taxes about 4$ per gallon…but we might have a tad of a public outcry on our hands. =)
    Currently, yes, they’re economies are a bit more successful. And if there is anything to be learned from them, here’s what it is: (Wall Street Journal, July 200 8) “Germany’s…Social Democrats implemented a large rate cut earlier this year, reducing the top marginal corporate [tax] rate to about 30% from 39%. Spain’s Socialist and Britan’s Labor governments have followed suit, reducing their countries’ top corporate rates.” Even these Socialist governments have realized that you can’t tax the rich to death. As the Socialist countries have realized their mistake and are lowering corporate taxes, Obama is proposing to raise ours. Keep in mind that for years America had the best economy, and the one of the lowest tax rates. You seem to be advocating for the tax increase, contrary to the positions of the governments that you suggested we look to for examples….hm….

    And the electric cars? You’re right, they are necessary adjustments; necessary adjustments that the free market will take care of. Obama has no legitimate plan to actually get the electric cars on the road. And what are we going to do until those fuel cells arrive, 10 to 20 years from now?

    “With McCain’s positions, big oil would be allowed to dominate the energy economy, and even with off shore drilling and foreign oil, the supplies are eventually going to run out. You said that Obama has set out no plan for covering our electric needs, however him along with T-Boone have suggested using domestic resources of NATURAL GAS and WIND FARMS to decrease our dependence on foregin oil and electricity drastically. in the last decade alone, we have discovered oceans of Natural gas, a resources that burns much cleaner than the crude oil sold by Big Oil companies such as Exxon Mobile.”

    Does big oil not already dominate the energy market? And was T. Boone not part of that quasi monopoly?

    We are going to run out of oil eventually, and that is a problem. When I said that Obama doesn’t know what to do about it, I wasn’t counting suggestions. Everyone has suggestions. No one has an actually plan. Who is going to build the wind farms? And natural gas? That’ll run out eventually too.

    “As for the “pay people with invisible money bit” i can only say that under McCain’s administration, we’d find alot more of our VISIBLE money disappearing in Foregin Oil and the Iraq War. Whereas Obama has at least set out some kind of desire to remove the troops from Iraq in the next two years, McCain has his heart set on completely finishing the investment.”

    Heeheehee. Obama has requested almost a billion in earmarks, not to mention his ridiculously expensive healthcare plan. Right now, social aid programs take up about 48% of the budget. The war takes up about 20%. Obama wants to get rid of the war, and, essentially, wants to make bigger Medicare/caid programs. Which does it seem would be more expensive? (If you’re wondering why Social Security is in the budget, it’s because the government borrowed money from them, and now has to pay it back)

    (Rocky Mountain News, federal spending)

    *Military: 21%
    * Social Security: 20%
    * Medicare & Medicaid: 20%
    * Other: 19%
    * National Debt Interest: 12%
    * Major Social-Aid Programs: 8%

    As to wanting the troops to come home…I heard McCain speak for the Hispanic vets last month. You can hear the whole speech on youtube, but he made it very clear that he wants the troops to come home, but not before he can be sure that we wouldn’t just have to send them back in a couple years. The war is not the most expensive part of our budget anyway. And even with the 20% we would be saving (more like 15% as we do have to maintain the military) we won’t have enough money to do all that Obama wants to do. And the invisible money comes pouring in….

    “2013: Iraq war has been won, the ENTIRE WORLD is completely Al Queda proof. Nowhere they can go.
    United States has totally robust economy
    World Food Crisis has ended
    Our southern border is now secure”

    Ya ya ya, we know. We all watch Colbert and the Daily Show. McCain’s goals are over the top. But at least his goals are goals that can be completed halfway and still have good results. Half of a Socialized medicine system would be even worse than a complete one.

    As to you’re final point, Ben, the last time I checked “viable”, means plans that will work, not plans with good intentions. Which of Obama’s amazing suggestions are actually obtainable? And at what cost?

    oh, and Obama flip flops:

    (washinton Post)

    Top Obama Flip-Flops

    Monday, February 25, 2008; A04

    Top Obama Flip-Flops

    1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as “special interest” money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of “working people” and says he is “thrilled” by their support.

    2. Public financing Obama replied “yes” in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same. Obama has now attached several conditions to such an agreement, including regulating spending by outside groups. His spokesman says the candidate never committed himself on the matter.

    3. The Cuba embargo In January 2004, Obama said it was time “to end the embargo with Cuba” because it had “utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro.” Speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not “take off the embargo” as president because it is “an important inducement for change.”

    4. Illegal immigration In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should “crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.” He replied “Oppose.” In a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that “we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation.”

    5. Decriminalization of marijuana While running for the U.S. Senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other Democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.

    (RMN)
    Gun Control

    Ben–”The price of gas in England and most of Europe fluctuates from between 9-11 dollars per gallon, and it was 18 for a while when a transport company went on strike. That’s the real reason Europe has such tiny cars: they can’t afford to drive bigger ones. I suppose we could force people to switch over to hybrids by raising gas taxes about 4$ per gallon…but we might have a tad of a public outcry on our hands. =)”

    Y’see, that’s the great thing about being America. We get to LEARN from everyone else’s mistakes. Europe had to wait until there gas costed $11 to use electric, we don’t! even without the 4 dollar tax, as you said would be the only method to get people into smaller cars, comanies selling hybrids and fuel efficient cars ae in high demand for their products. SO high, as a matter of fact, that Honda and Toyota are seeing higher sales than ever, Ford has reached a “tipping point” where their customers need smaller cars, and GM is on the verge of bankruptcy for not conforming to the trend. With a little government pursuasion to the more stubborn hyundai drivers, we can go from hybrid to electric cars in realistically very little time.

    As for the gap in the upper tax backet, and how that has apparently “benefitted” Europe’s economy, there’s no proof. the ecnomies of europe and the united states can’t be compared simply on which has a higher tax on the rich. Perhaps the deficit is a factor, or maybe the electric cars are saving them money? And even when America had lower tax rates, the primary reason for a economic success was that we didn’t have all these problems! a war… an oversized defecit that led to war… and with Bush’s tax cuts, we have seen no improvement, only a $9.5 TRILLION debt from a previous 2 trillion surplus.
    “And what are we going to do until those fuel cells arrive, 10 to 20 years from now? —–oceans of Natural gas, a resources that burns much cleaner than the crude oil sold by Big Oil companies such as Exxon Mobile.” Do we see a whole in your logic? =P

    T-Boone Pickens was the richest oil tycoon on the entire planet. Now, one of the smartest businessmen of his generation is telling us the system that made him wealthy isn’t working anymore, and there are other alternatives. YES energy is dominated my Big Oil! Let’s get Natural Gas and wind farms! Oh, and as for who is gonna pay for Wind Farms, might I recommend the people who were gonna pay for Off Shore Drilling? You see, unlike Off-shore drilling, NAtural Gas reserves found in the last decade promise to supply energy needs to america for over a century at their current estimate (prone to growth) and wind farms have the potential of covering our electric needs, if we build enough farms.” Needless to say, they are easy to use and maintain as well as clean and efficient. To argue AGAINST wind technology is just ignorance, and arguing for the sake of arguing.

    Josh–Im voting for Nader

    Ari–

    Actually about wind power. The wind does not blow at all times in every area. Very significant is the fact that wind power increases as the cube of wind velocity, so a 10-mph wind will produce eight times as much power as a 5-mph wind. Areas such as the southwestern and southeastern U.S. have very little wind-power potential. Another major disadvantage at this time is that wind-generated power cannot be economically stored. Wind-generated electricity must also be converted from DC to AC current in order to be usable, and state-of-the-art converters are at best 80% efficient.

    Ben–hey. you know debate really isn;t my thing. I love politics, but when it comes to sheer numbers, I lose some interest. In any case, I don’t currently have the info it takes to cntinue arguing informed, so I concede for now. I guess all I’d have to say is, when it comes to the issue of the budget, I don’t think we can simply continue to ignore millions of un or underinsured, simply because it’s expensive. Even if we have to reorganize the budget, we can’t say no to a UNIVERSAL health care system, one where there is an easy to obtain minimum of health care, not necessarily public, but perhaps regulated. That’s all I got. oh, and you should look into McCain’s flip flops. He’s been on both sides of almost any issue he’s ever seen. check some of his records.

    Greg–4 more years!! 4 more years!! Go McCain!!

    Ryan–wow, first point Marina, with the tire thing, u were wrong right off the bat, he said if half the people did it, not half the efficiency, so ur math is completely off since u cut the wrong thing in half. plus, properly inflated tires could actually mean more efficiency than 3% but even if thats correct, where did u get the idea that American’s average 24 mpg? that may b a generous highway estimate, but nowhere close for city…..second point about the religious institutions, funding local religious institutions isnt getting rid of separation of church and state, its promoting local movements to help improve infrastructure the welfare of lower income and struggling Americans because those are the institutions that have access to reach out to those people. Obama isn’t saying he’s gonna have his secretary of the interior be a reverend or something, thats ridiculous…and wow, ur arguments against his energy policy kinda confuse me..u say the oil companies are going bankrupt? how bout exxon mobile making a record 11.7 billion dollar in profit last quarter? ur gonna tell me they’re hurting? yes they pay taxes but not 100% taxes. ur mixing words up. they are certainly not losing money. When bush entered office, gas was just under 2 dollars a gallon, and incredibly his tax cuts for the oil companies have not prevented gas from peaking at over 4 dollars a gallon so far! wow!
    …and the whole 1 million hybrids thing, of course hes not gonna force people to buy them. the supply/demand curve will shift with more hybrids available making them cheaper and more affordable for Americans, therefore reaching his goal of more fuel efficient cars on the road. U mention “invisible money” quite a bit when it comes to these plans, but let me ask u, where is all the money for the Iraq War (10 billion a month) coming from? even if taxes were to stay the same, we could easily put that money into rebuilding our infrastructure and encouraging a transition to an economy thats more independent from foreign oil and other imports that in the long term could be greatly beneficial…i just love how ur insulting Europe. Yes they have high taxes and high gas prices, but look at what they have that we dont. Much better public school systems, healthcare systems, and infrastructure (they dont have levis breaking right and left and bridges collapsing), and they’re financial institutions dont need bailing out by the government..and thats just a short list of major things o ya, offshore drilling isnt the solution, it would maybe give us a boost for a couple years, thats it.. thats not eliminating the problem, thats pushing it off and procrastinating…the long term solution is to gradually ween America off its addiction to foreign oil first, then oil all together

    Marina–“wow, first point marina, with the tire thing, u were wrong right off the bat, he said if half the people did it, not half the efficiency, so ur math is completely off since u cut the wrong thing in half. plus, properly inflated tires could actually mean more efficiency than 3% but even if thats correct, where did u get the idea that American’s average 24 mpg? that may b a generous highway estimate, but nowhere close for city…..”

    Fine, you have an issue with the 24 miles per gallon estimate, which I got from powerline blog. The US department of transportation keeps track of average fuel efficiency, and the highest average efficiency, which is for brand new imported vehicles, is 32.1 miles per gallon. This assumes 55% city and 45% highway-miles. If you want to assume that everyone is driving brand new imported cars, the numbers are still against Obama. So if we say that Americans drive the 2,880 billion miles per year with 32.1 miles per gallon, that’s about 900 billion gallons per year.

    Ok, so the number I cut in half. The 3% efficiency would be if the tires were not even close to being properly inflated. My number of 1.5% assumes that everyone does it, more than Obama mentioned, but that not everyone is driving around with uninflated tires. If you still have an issue with that, we can up it to 3%, which means that 100% of people had nearly uninflated tires. With those ridiculously generous numbers, we’d be saving 27 billion gallons of gas per year, which, since a barrel is still about 20 gallons, means 1.35 billion barrels per year. With, “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling” we’d get about 1.1 trillion barrels, so it would take 760 years of tire inflating. Keep in mind that I’ve allowed EVERYONE brand new imported vehicles and tires with practically no air.

    Either way, Ryan, Obama’s fresh outta luck.

    “second point about the religious institutions, funding local religious institutions isnt getting rid of separation of church and state, its promoting local movements to help improve infrastructure the welfare of lower income and struggling Americans because those are the institutions that have access to reach out to those people”

    Yes, but its hardly fair that those who attend church etc etc get access to that aid. Ergo, I’m against it.

    “u say the oil companies are going bankrupt? how bout exxon mobile making a record 11.7 billion dollar in profit last quarter? ur gonna tell me they’re hurting? yes they pay taxes but not 100% taxes. ur mixing words up. they are certainly not losing money. When bush entered office, gas was just under 2 dollars a gallon, and incredibly his tax cuts for the oil companies have not prevented gas from peaking at over 4 dollars a gallon so far! wow!”

    I’ll interpret that as an ignorant call for help. You seem to want to know why gas is so expensive. Well, Ryan, that’s because crude oil has been escalating, and that’s because of global supply and demand. As the price of crude oil goes up, oil companies take a smaller percentage of the profits. (following from the EIA)

    In 2007, the price of crude oil averaged about $68 per barrel and accounted for about 58% of the national average retail price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline, in comparison, in 2005 the average crude oil price was $50 per barrel and the crude oil cost was 53% of the retail price. From 2000 to 2007 the average crude oil price was about $39 per barrel and the crude oil cost share of the retail gasoline prices averaged 48%.

    This means that as crude oil becomes more expensive, it accounts for more of the price of gas. In other words, the more expensive crude oil gets, the smaller percentage of money goes into big oil pockets. As for the record 11.7 billion in profits? That means a record percentage of taxes. And the industry as a whole, which I explained earlier, is making less than they pay in taxes.

    “and the whole 1 million hybrids thing, of course hes not gonna force people to buy them. the supply/demand curve will shift with more hybrids available making them cheaper and more affordable for Americans, therefore reaching his goal of more fuel efficient cars on the road”

    Oooooooo! I see! So more hybrids will be come available! He’s not going to force people to buy them, he’s going to force people to make them! Gotcha.

    “U mention “invisible money” quite a bit when it comes to these plans, but let me ask u, where is all the money for the Iraq War (10 billion a month) coming from? even if taxes were to stay the same, we could easily put that money into rebuilding our infrastructure and encouraging a transition to an economy thats more independent from foreign oil and other imports that in the long term could be greatly beneficial…i just love how ur insulting Europe. Yes they have high taxes and high gas prices, but look at what they have that we dont. Much better public school systems, healthcare systems, and infrastructure (they dont have levis breaking right and left and bridges collapsing), and they’re financial institutions dont need bailing out by the government..and thats just a short list of major things”

    Actually, no. It’s not going to go into any of those things. It’s going to go towards the sure-to-fail Universal Healthcare plan, as I explained to Ben earlier in this discussion.

    “o ya, offshore drilling isnt the solution, it would maybe give us a boost for a couple years, thats it.. thats not eliminating the problem, thats pushing it off and procrastinating…the long term solution is to gradually ween America off its addiction to foreign oil first, then oil all together”

    Now that, I completely agree with, as I’ve said at least two other times in this note. Off shore drilling is not going to solve the problem, but neither is anything that Obama has laid out so far.

    As for your other completely off topic comments, you should post them on my blog. I will answer them there, as I’m trying to get this whole debate to move anyway.

    https://marinalee.wordpress.com/

  3. CD says:

    Hey, what do you think about Obama’s healthcare plan?

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