Obama’s energy plan: drilling tires; Flashback: Obama on your shoulder!

posted at 4:35 pm on July 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Want to get an idea why Democrats have no clue on energy policy? Take a listen to Barack Obama explaining how we can get an extra 12 million barrels of oil a day. We can pull it out of thin air — literally:

There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy.  Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing.  But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires?  And getting regular tune-ups?   You’d actually save just as much!

Er, no it couldn’t.  The Green River oil shale formation could produce at least 800 billion barrels of oil alone, enough for over 100 years at our current rate of consumption (20 million barrels per day).  Would inflating our tires eliminate every single drop of oil we use?  Of course not!  Nor would it save any significant amount at all.  Tire inflation could improve gas mileage by about 3%, which would relate to about 600,000 barrels of oil a day at the most absurdly optimistic extrapolation.

Maybe the Democrats could use a tune-up on energy policy.  It looks like they’re still stuck in the 1970s, with tired, worn-out points and bad timing.  On energy, Obama is your father’s 1973 Oldsmobile.

Update: Tune-ups?  Most cars today don’t require tune-ups for the first 100,000 miles.  Some automotive mechanics recommend them every 30,000 miles, but it’s hardly the 5,000-mile requirement it used to be twenty-five years ago.

Jim Geraghty has calculated the potential savings, and comes up to 6 million gallons of gasoline a day (not a year as I originally wrote).  He’s also working off of an assumption of 10% improvement rather than 3%, which seems very high.  Has anyone noticed a 10% improvement in their gas mileage by pumping up their tires, ever?  On the other hand, we could be pumping millions of barrels of oil a day if Congress would stop blocking domestic oil production.

Update II: Geraghty’s calculation comes to about 330,000 barrels of oil a day, but at 3%, it would make it closer to 100,000 barrels of oil a day.  That’s not much of a dent in 20 million barrels of oil a day, 12 million of which we import.  I’d say we’d do much better by drilling and keeping our tires inflated.

On the other hand, what does this scolding recollect?  Obama On Your Shoulder!


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Is good for an O’Reilly commercial!

Ropera on July 30, 2008 at 7:24 PM

But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? … You’d actually save just as much!

That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard Him say yet, and he’s had some doozies. Let’s all HOPE He tops it.

Tony737 on July 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Obama is out of touch, people started checking their tire pressure around $2.50 per gallon.. at $3.00 per gallon people started getting mad.. at $3.50 people started spitting.. and at $4 per gallon we want to take congress and reprocess them into oil.

Chakra Hammer on July 30, 2008 at 7:35 PM

That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard Him say yet, and he’s had some doozies. Let’s all HOPE He tops it.

Tony737 on July 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Stating 10,000 deaths from a tornado, when it was 12, is a far worse doozy, but this is still a major doozy.

WoosterOh on July 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Yep, Pelosi told us back in 2006 that she and her Dim buddies had a plan to bring down the high cost of gas. The price has doubled since she made that promise.

C’mon Nancy, what are you waiting for?

AZCoyote on July 30, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Ah, grasshopper – she ain’t waiting, she’s DONE it.

See, if she had said nothing in 2006, the Two Oilmen would have us at $8.00 a gallon. So she spoke up and it only doubled to $4.00 a gallon.

That is a REDUCTION, just like Bushitler reducing the rate of budget growth is a CUT in funding.

Now do you get it?

platypus on July 30, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Poor schmuck can’t go over to Europe, have wall-to-wall breathless coverage for a week from the worthless crap we call “news anchors”, and still can’t get ahead of his ancient, unattractive blathering third-rate opponent.

btw – since BHO’s in hispandering superdrive mode these days – it’s not the smartest thing to put so much emphasis on tires -”llantas” en espanol.
“Llantas” is the (very) derogatory border word for black people.

TexasJew on July 30, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Edmunds just published a piece in which they test fuel-saving tips:

Test #5 Check Your Tire Pressure

Result: Important for safety and to reduce tire wear

Cold Hard Facts: No measurable effect on the vehicles we tested

Recommendation: Check your tire pressure often but don’t expect a big savings.

There are things we can do to save gas, but that ain’t one of them.

Paul_in_NJ on July 30, 2008 at 7:45 PM

So where is the picture of Obama riding his bike with a flat tire?

Highwayman on July 30, 2008 at 7:59 PM

“Yep, Pelosi told us back in 2006 that she and her Dim buddies had a plan to bring down the high cost of gas.”

What, we should have our chauffeurs check our tire pressure, like Queen Nancy?

If Nancy Pelosi is not the stupidest woman in this country, it would be an utter shock to me. Nancy Pelosi works hard every day at being as dumb as a rock.

Is there one single Democrat who is worth the air they suck in? Not one I can think of.

NoDonkey on July 30, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Stating 10,000 deaths from a tornado, when it was 12, is a far worse doozy, but this is still a major doozy.

WoosterOh on July 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I personally liked the 57 states comment. An BHO blobber commercial by McCain but be what it takes. I believe that if McCain starts to make fun of BHO then the race is over for him. there is a reason that the comedy channel and late night tv refuse to poke fun at BHO. It is too easy and would show the emporer with no clothes on.

unseen on July 30, 2008 at 8:05 PM

You want to save fuel, here’s a thought: Just drive EASY! Back off the the throttle a little earier coming to a stop, get into it a little easier, and follow whatever the posted speed limit is.

JamesLee on July 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

It all depends what your time is worth. If driving 10 mph slower saves about a gallon gas is your time worth $4.00? Going to work I would say yes,,,,going from work no.

unseen on July 30, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Methinks that Obama spent too much of his misspent youth being “tuned up”. Now his economic reasoning is just Looney Tunes.

onlineanalyst on July 30, 2008 at 8:21 PM

The amount of fuel one’s car consumes is directly proportional to the amount of time one spends driving. Therefore, it is recommend that one drive AS FAST AS POSSIBLE to minimize the time-in-transit.

Plus, drug-addled hippies and Critical Massholes on bikes are less able to get out of one’s way when speeds are maximized.

innominatus on July 30, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Test.

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Is my comment in moderation? It hasn’t shown up the last few minutes.

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Why don’t we all just hire some mules and spend 5 days going from work to home?
We can burn cow dung for heat and tallow drippings for light.
We can live like our great-grandparents and die at 43 in the green Obamaville communes while we slave in Al Gore’s zero-emission carbon credit voucher mines.

Or, we can just get some guns and start the whole damn thing over again..

TexasJew on July 30, 2008 at 8:34 PM

I like your spunky spirit, TexasJew. You have always been one of my favorite posters.

I suggest that the Big Grape and Tuna member of the House pay her peons in the vineyards and factories a living wage and a means to fuel their vehicles to get to those serf-city places of employment.

Democrat politician motto: Better living for me but not for thee. Know your place, peon!

onlineanalyst on July 30, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Stating 10,000 deaths from a tornado, when it was 12, is a far worse doozy, but this is still a major doozy.

WoosterOh on July 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I personally liked the 57 states comment. An BHO blobber commercial by McCain but be what it takes. I believe that if McCain starts to make fun of BHO then the race is over for him. there is a reason that the comedy channel and late night tv refuse to poke fun at BHO. It is too easy and would show the emporer with no clothes on.

unseen on July 30, 2008 at 8:05 PM

I liked the one were he said kids in the hospital get Breathalyzers

Chakra Hammer on July 30, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Obama energy policy: Grab those spare tires and blow hard. Sounds like Clinton’s entertainment policy.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 30, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Thanks for the Obama on my shoulder. MKH is a winner. Isn’t she Allah? Don’t see as much of her anymore. Miss her.
About the other issue. I think he ought to suggest cold showers and only 3 times a week! After all. Europeans…oh nevermind. He has stock in bicycles and when the democrats get done we will all be riding them.

wepeople on July 30, 2008 at 9:33 PM

shows how clueless bho and the rest of the dimmis are-

if we conserve Opec will simply cut back supply more and keep the prices as they are now or higher – just watch. Opec will be cutting production soon to drive prices higher.

The only solution to this issue is to get off oil altogether for our vehicles – methanol seems to be the true choice for this one. It does not cut into our food supply and gets us away from funding the terrorists via opec.

in the near term we drill like crazy and develop our oil shale to power our military. drive the prices down in the near term and save the working man in the USA.

bho and the dimmis are fools.

for more info check out http://www.energyvictory.net/

The book is a quick read and will start your brain thinking.

Colonel_prop on July 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

we love MKH!

ctmom on July 30, 2008 at 10:08 PM

I’m interested to know where he got his numbers. By opening up drilling on the OCS, we’re gaining access to an estimated 86 billion barrels of oil. If we go into ANWR, we get another 7.5 billion. If you look at the potential of the Bakken oil formation in the Dakotas, estimates reach upwards of 200 billion barrels in that area alone. So, estimating conservatively, we could have access to 300 billion barrels of oil on our own continent.

One barrel of oil refines into about 19.5 gallons of 87 octane gasoline. 300 billion barrels of oil refines into about 6 trillion gallons of gas. Today, the US burns about 20 million barrels of oil per day. At that rate, assuming all oil imports ceased immediately and no alternative energy sources were discovered/perfected/marketed, that 300 billion barrels on our shores equates to 15,000 days or 41 years worth of oil.

Fueleconomy.gov estimates that tuning your engine and inflating your tires can save up to 7% in fuel economy, or 1.4 million barrels of oil nationally per day. At that rate, it would take 214,285 days or 587 years to save the amount of oil we can conservatively estimate is within our grasp if we just drill here.

Simple arithmetic and readily available facts tell us that Obama’s math doesn’t add up. But none of that matters, because if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth (where have I heard that before?)

steadyrock on July 30, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Has anyone noticed a 10% improvement in their gas mileage by pumping up their tires, ever?

Good question. Better question: are these knuckleheads suggesting that every car being driven in America has under-inflated tires? If not, what percentage are they using?

Jaibones on July 30, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Hmm…and what fuel do they use to run the air compressors that are going to keep all those tires inflated?

James on July 30, 2008 at 11:19 PM

You want to save fuel, here’s a thought: Just drive EASY! Back off the the throttle a little earier coming to a stop, get into it a little easier, and follow whatever the posted speed limit is.

JamesLee on July 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

You’re no fun – at all! :)

OldEnglish on July 30, 2008 at 11:40 PM

OT but made me laugh. Here’s why the Senate don’t work:

Sen. Charles Grassley (RINO-Iowa), in a Senate speech, said the upper body was “constipated” and could use a good dose of laxatives. “The Senate needs to function just like our intestinal system functions.”

All I could think of was Reid sure looks like that is true.

platypus on July 30, 2008 at 11:42 PM

Maybe it’s the number of tires that is the problem. How much oil would be saved if we all drove properly inflated 16-wheelers?

exhelodrvr on July 31, 2008 at 12:18 AM

On the other hand, what does this scolding recollect? Obama On Your Shoulder!

I know Ed (or AP) could have made this association independently, but I’m taking credit for this one!!

urbancenturion on July 31, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Bicycles and skateboards are the solution coming next.

Get ready it’s coming.

Texyank on July 31, 2008 at 1:57 AM

Over-inflated politicians are (and will) cost us far more than under-inflated tires.

electric-rascal on July 31, 2008 at 2:29 AM

If Obama was REALLY smart he would have told us to fill our tires with Helium or hydrogen.

Make our cars lighter, you see.

And all other things being equal, the lighter car will use less fuel. Helium and hydrogen being lighter than regular air.

(I’m joking, in case my sarcasm isn’t obvious.)

I used to think that Obama was a little smarter than McCain, despite his Marxist creed. But I’m begining to think that he has no better grasp of reality than the Admiral’s son.

LegendHasIt on July 31, 2008 at 3:18 AM

Nancy Pelosi works hard every day at being as dumb as a rock.

NoDonkey on July 30, 2008 at 7:59 PM

I respectfully disagree. Pelosi and Reid make some rocks I know look like MENSA candidates.

Yoop on July 31, 2008 at 3:42 AM

Wish Mc would create an picture entitled Energy Policies: The Messiah holding a tire pressure gauge, Reid/Pelosi with a 1 gallon gas can marked Strategic Reserve, and Mc standing on a drilling platform

Dingbat63 on July 31, 2008 at 7:52 AM

if we conserve Opec will simply cut back supply more and keep the prices as they are now or higher – just watch. Opec will be cutting production soon to drive prices higher.

Colonel_prop on July 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

This is probably true, but it’s not what you think.

Oil is not just sitting in a tank under the ground, with a switch to start the pumps to bring it up. It’s under pressure in a sealed pocket of rock, and the amount of oil a well produces is limited by the gas pressure in the well. As soon as the gas is dissipated, the well’s done producing — usually leaving about 85% of the oil still in the ground. Producers can pump CO2 into the well and get perhaps another 15% of the original oil out, but… you get the picture, the amount of oil you get out of a well is determined by physics more than by politics.

And yes, the rate at which oil is pumped out of the well does affect the long-term gas pressure. Pump it too slowly, you’re measurably reducing the amount of oil you’ll get from the well (you can’t pump it any faster than the gas pressure allows). Gas pressure and long-term production are also affected by the number of wells drilled into a pocket.

OPEC producers usually maintain a certain percentage of spare production capacity for economic reasons; it’s where they get their ability to affect prices. However, their spare capacity is near all-time lows right now, probably for a couple of reasons: the really high prices are encouraging overproduction, and the Saudi oil wells may have peaked. Yes, that’s right, the Saudi wells probably aren’t going to be increasing their production anymore. They’ve still got plenty of oil, but from here on out, their production levels go down, not up.

So, yeah, OPEC will probably reduce their production gradually, but not because they want to prop up insanely high prices. It’s because they want to continue to exist as a factor in the market, and because their star is descending.

(Unrelated to this topic, please visit my political blog, “Plumb Bob Blog: Squaring the Culture.” Thanks.)

philwynk on July 31, 2008 at 8:01 AM

I remember when Hillary suggested this back early in her campaign.

She suggested government programs to make people aware of low tires.

Are these people so out of touch that they think we are all driving around with flat tires?

cntrlfrk on July 31, 2008 at 8:14 AM

“Pelosi and Reid make some rocks I know look like MENSA candidates.”

You are right, I apologize to any rock that was offended by my equating Pelosi’s intelligence with theirs.

NoDonkey on July 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

If MKHam combined talents with Slublog, we’d have a wardrobe for paper doll Obamarx.

Pullstring Obamarx Doll quotes from DNC platform:

1. You’re a racist because I hate you.
2. You can’t do well; I won’t let you.
3. You must obey me. We are totalitarian now!
4. Stick ‘em up!
5. Take all my tired crap.
6. Give me your hope.
7. Believe me when I say, “I hate you, mom!”
8. You’re a disappointment.
9. Lights out, America!
10. We want a new Constitution.

maverick muse on July 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Avoid jackrabbit starts.

Akzed on July 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Has anyone noticed a 10% improvement in their gas mileage by pumping up their tires, ever?

Well yes, but not with just tire inflation. Use full synthetic oil, max air pressure in tires, low restriction exhaust and intake can get you about 15% or better increase in mileage in most vehicles. Oh, and driving slower is the big saver. Driving 65 to 70 mph will net you a couple miles per gallon by itself.

Let’s do this math…driving 100 miles at 65 mph takes 1.54 hrs. Driving 100 miles at 70 mph takes 1.42 hrs, or a difference of about 7 minutes. My mileage is 2 mpg better at 65 mph in my vehicle. So that extra 7 minutes saves me $2.60 in gas.

Wyznowski on July 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

PS. results are with a full size Chevy pickup V8 4×4…your mileage may vary. I get over 20 mpg in said pickup and 23 mpg in Chevy Tahoe. Drive a little slower and save a lot of gas.

Wyznowski on July 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Sorry, I havn’t read through all the comments yet, just want to quickly put in my 2¢.

To me, it is yet another nail in his coffin. He is ‘assuming’ the regular Joes don’t know better. As if we need the chosen one to tell us to properly care for our vehicles. What’s next? Is he going to tell us how to wipe our asses? Which doctrine did it remind you of? Yep, the religion of peace, they have their imams instruct them every detail of their daily life.

My goodness, next piece of wisdom the chosen one to impart for building new nuclear power plant would be “Drive Less”.

Sir Napsalot on July 31, 2008 at 2:13 PM

If everyone rushes out to change the oil in their car, what will that do to the price of gasoline? Last I checked, motor oil is made from, well, oil.

This is infuriating, he thinks we’re driving around on dead cylinders and flat tires? By the time Obama gets through, we’re all going to need government jiffy lube!

myamphibian on July 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I remember Barraaack riding a bike with a flat tire and a helmet… just another liberal wasting energy.

dhunter on July 31, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Oil Vey!

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 31, 2008 at 11:23 PM

tune up, tires checked, even heard someone say washing your car would help because the dirt on it effects the airflow over the frame… would only save you pennies or even part of a penny in the big picture of it all… The actually driving the car..

may as well keep it in the driveway and walk or ride a bike then if that is the ‘plan’ on energy…

DaveC on August 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Forgot to add..

Anytime MKH can be re-posted is a plus..

DaveC on August 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM

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