Tire Gauges vs Offshore Drilling

Obama is being mocked for suggesting that if Americans would inflate their tires and perform regular maintenance, the benefits would be greater than if we gave the Republican Oilmen exactly what they want on Offshore Drilling. Furthermore, those results would be immediate, whereas the Offshore drilling wont have any affect at all for a decade.

Well, it turns out that everyone agrees with him. Of course, not that that will stop the mockery. "Ol' Obama's acting smart again! Actin' big for his britches!"

The Bush administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 barrels per day by 2030. We use about 20 million barrels 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 by 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone else did, we could reduce demand several percentage points immediately. In other words: Obama is right.


Update: The man himself:

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