Barack Obama, conservation, energy, oil

Quote Of The Day

This about sums up the last 8 years:

“They’re [Republicans] very good at negative campaigning. They’re not so good at governing.”

-Barack Obama accusing the McCain campaign of cynicism rather than racism.

Other Choice Quotes from the article:

In reference to not looking like the other guys on our money, “‘None of you thought I was making a racially incendiary remark, or playing the race card,’ he told reporters. ‘It wasn’t until John McCain’s team started pushing it that it ended up being on the front page of The New York Times two days in a row.'”

Being a celebrity: “You’ve got statistics that say we’ve lost another 50,000 jobs, that Florida is in a recession for the first time in a decade and a half, and what was being talked about was Paris and Britney,” Obama said. “They’re clever on creating distractions from the issues that really matter in people’s lives.”

Also the McCain Camp has a new web commercial using left-behindish lingo and code words effectively calling Obama the anti-christ. It is a very disturbing commercial.

Obama is fighting back, though, and not falling into the trap that sunk John Kerry. He is responding with ads that acknowledge the McCain accusations, yet still brings issues to the front:

Also….dang, lots of alsos.

The McCain camp and its surrogates are poking fun at Obama for saying that having properly inflated tires and regular tune ups can help our energy crisis. McCain and the Repbulicans want to drill offshore and in ANWAR as a solution to the problem.

However, per Time Magazine: Obama’s suggestion will save more fuel and be more effective NOW than McCain’s plan will be.

But who’s really out of touch? The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl [jt-billion barrels]. 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.

The drilling will save us about $0.02/gallon in 10-20 years. Properly inflated tires and regular tune ups will save us about [ed. 2:30pm I corrected the math.  Less impressive, but still better than the alternative.] $0.12/gallon TODAY. I can anecdotally say that this is true. We went from averaging 35-38 mpg highway miles to averaging 42-45 mpg just by having properly inflated tires and going 65 mph. For a 100 mile trip we went from using 2.63 gallons of gas ($10.52 @ $4/gallon) to 2.22 gallons ($8.89 @ $4/gallon) = $0.67/gallon savings.

Ok…I am done for today…see you soon.


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