Monday, August 4, 2008

Under Pressure

Happy Birthday to Barack Obama, who turns 47 today.  

Prime-numbered birthdays are usually the best birthdays (I've got one coming up this month), so that plus this daily horoscope should make 47 an age to remember for BO.

Today's birthday (Aug. 4): Your stock goes up this year.
Within the next 10 weeks, it'll be amazing how powerful you feel.

One of the things I have to deal with when I go visit my parents is the constant annoyance of Fox News on their teevee. This weekend, Fox's hosts were poking fun at Obama for his suggestion that we could save all the oil that Republicans are talking about drilling in the ANWR by just keeping our car tires properly inflated and getting regular tune-ups. They gleefully reported that the RNC were distributing tire gauges labeled "Barack Obama's Energy Plan".

Pumping up your tires? Ha ha, isn't that silly? Turns out he's right! According to GWB's Department of Energy, 27% of the cars on the road have significantly under-inflated tires and every pound per square inch of tire under-inflation wastes 4 million gallons of gas daily in the U.S. So the production offset is more likely to approach 800 thousand barrels per day. Peak production from ANWR drilling would be 780 thousand barrels per day, which couldn't be accomplished until 2020. So pumping up your tires, and other pragmatic things like driving less and driving slower, will save more right now than drilling will create in ten years.

And if distributing tire gauges with your opponent's name on them isn't a sign of a party and candidate who've lost their way, I'm not sure what is!

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