A few days ago I wrote about how Barack Obama’s suggestion that everyone properly inflate their tires–only a small part of his comprehensive energy plan–could save Americans more money than John McCain’s gas tax holiday gimmick.
Well, Popular Mechanics did some math of their own and found this:
According to the Department of Energy, underinflated tires alone cost the country more than 1.25 billion gal. of gasoline annually—roughly 1 percent of the total consumption of 142 billion gal. According to the Annual Energy Outlook 2007, published by the Energy Information Administration, offshore drilling would increase domestic production of crude oil by only about 1 percent.
Yeah, that’s right–if everyone in America properly inflated their tires, we would as gasoline as we would get from offshore drilling. And, unlike offshore drilling, those savings would be immediate, not several years down the road.
If I were John McCain, I’d fire whoever came up with their little tire gauge gimmick before going to the nearest gas station and making sure the Straight Talk Express’ tires were fully inflated.