Inflation, Obama Style

Thursday, August 7th, 2008 1:29 am by Neal

Obama is a stubborn, ignorant chap!

His inflated ego is getting the better of him in the inflated tire joke.

First, the words of the One, the Dali Bama:

“So now the Republicans are going around – this is the kind of thing they do. I don’t understand it! Theyre (sic) going around, they’re sending like little tire gauges, making fun of this idea as if this is ‘Barack Obama’s energy plan.’

Now two points, one, they know they’re lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they’re making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. Its like these guys take pride in being ignorant.

You know, they think it is funny that they are making fun of something that is actually true. They need to do their homework.”

Enjoy John Hinderaker’s brief rebuttal:

Two points: First, even if Obama’s “3 to 4 percent” claim about tire inflation were true, it would not validate his original assertion that proper inflation would equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.” That assertion was, and remains, false.

Second, Obama’s claim that “every expert” says that tire inflation would “reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent” is ridiculous. No expert says any such thing. What experts do say is that properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by approximately 3 percent compared to grossly underinflated tires. But since most people know this and inflate their tires, the actual potential savings is some much smaller amount. Moreover, the U.S. consumes around 20.7 million barrels of petroleum per day. Only about 9.3 million barrels per day are used in motor vehicles. So a 3 percent improvement in automobile mileage would correspond, at best, to a 1.3 percent reduction in total oil consumption.

Barack Obama’s ignorance on the subject of energy is remarkable.

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