Boxer takes two years to recycle old Obama line on tire pressure

posted at 1:36 pm on May 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama provided a load of laughs on the campaign trail when he suggested that we could achieve energy independence not through drilling but through proper inflation of car tires.  It took Senator Ma’am, California’s Barbara Boxer, almost two years to use this debunked meme as a talking point, but trot it out she did, as Kerry Picket reports for the Washington Times (Kerry has the audio there as well):

At a press conference on Thursday Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats, along with Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, and Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, presented legislation calling for a permanent ban on oil drilling off the West Coast. Democratic Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon, while absent at today’s presser, are also part of the coalition, according to Senator Boxer.

Before showing pictures of oils soaked wildlife as a result of the BP oil spill, Ms. Boxer explained the legislation saying this bill would ensure that “there will never be offshore oil gas drilling off the west coast of our nation.” …

I later asked Senator Boxer, given California’s recent history of brown outs and black outs, what kind reliable energy could Californians rely on if she is looking to eradicate the oil industry on the West Coast? The green energy industry is too intermittent and why not consider nuclear energy instead? “If all of the people in the country for 25 days had the proper tire pressure in their cars you would replace all of the oil,” she said.  “There is…this is such a little bit of oil in this area only enough to power the country for, you know, a year or so. So 25 days of people doing the proper pressure would replace it.”

Really?  The areas of the OCS have been estimated to hold billions of barrels of oil, including the West Coast, which Boxers wants permanently marked off limits to exploration and drilling.  OCS drilling could get between 250,000-1,000,000 barrels per day, if we actually started drilling for it.  ANWR would get us in the 750K-1M BPD range alone.

How much would proper inflation save? We ran through the calculations in 2008, but David Price boiled it down to its basics for Dean Esmay’s blog:

How silly is this statement?  Doing the math, it looks like he’s off by about an order of magnitude.  The DOE link says you can save 3.3% and U.S. consumption is 20.8M barrels a day, half of which is gasoline, so even if fully half the population is driving on very poorly inflated tires you’re talking about only about 165,000 barrels a day, a tenth or less of the millions of barrels a day we could add in production.  Hell, the mean estimate for ANWR alone is 780,000 bpd. …

Catch all the shifting goalposts, flawed assumptions, and bad math there?  “All the oil we could get from drilling” becomes “the increase from expanded offshore drilling,” and even then uses a number that seems out of step with published estimates of 250,000 to 1 million bpd.  Then we casually more than double the tire-inflation savings by tossing in “maintenance.”  Then we throw out quantitative analysis altogether by using the impossibly vague “many drivers.” Finally, we ball up our morass of bad data into a misleading conclusion, and for emphasis we state explicitly the one assumption we always regarded as unassailable: Obama must be right.

In other words, check your tire pressure.  It’s a good thing to do, both for fuel efficiency and for the life of your tires.  Don’t expect it to solve the fact that we transfer hundreds of billions in wealth every year for importation of crude oil, losing both our capital and the job opportunities that come with domestic production.  Instead of offering gimmicks, we should be setting the stage for further energy independence and economic growth.  Instead, Boxer wants to gas on about tires.

Here’s Obama trotting out the same line in July 2008:


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Are there any smart elected Democrats? Any?

WesternActor on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

She has lost it.

Mr. Joe on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I don’t think she ever had it, but she is definitely declining rapidly now.

Mr. Joe on May 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

BB, proto-democrat. Party of the foolish ignoramuses.

Inanemergencydial on May 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

It took Senator Ma’am, California’s Barbara Boxer, almost two years to use this debunked meme as a talking point, but trot it out she did,

thanks for using that, Ed, I think she earned it…./

ted c on May 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Are there any smart elected Democrats? Any?

WesternActor on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

they are as plentiful as pro-life Democrats which is to say…..oh, nevermind.

ted c on May 14, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Boxer is so worthlessly and perpetually stupid, she fits right in with the rest of the Washington establishment.

How these jackasses get elected, then re-elected and how they think they know better than the rest of us, are both complete mysteries to me.

Boxer and most of Washington possess an intellect that is below the American average and they have no morals. Washington IS the problem, not the solution.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Please don’t call me ‘ma’am,’ General.

I’ve worked SO HARD – SO VERY VERY HARD to get the title ‘Senator.’

Good Lt on May 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

”There is…this is such a little bit of oil in this area only enough to power the country for, you know, a year or so. So 25 days of people doing the proper pressure would replace it.”

Heard moments ago near my car:

pssssssssssssssssssssssssssss……..

BobMbx on May 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Yes Ma’am.

Fletch54 on May 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I know the oil disaster was an accident, but could it have come at a better time for these loonies.? People are all emotional about it so they prey on that. Maybe she can start riding her bicycle to Washington from Cali.Those jets use way too much fuel……

sandee on May 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

If they permanently ban oil drilling on the west coast then I say we ban them from being able to receive oil and oil products from domestic resources. If they ain’t gonna play nice then they don’t need to play at all, as my Mom (who lives in CA, BTW) would say.

donkichi on May 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Mental Disorder.

And oh yeah, that lady behind her in the pic needs that BMI thingy done on her. Wait, was she in that worst wedding DJ video?

Brat on May 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Ma’am Boxer wouldn’t know what end of a tire pressure guage to use.

portlandon on May 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

In other words, check your tire pressure. It’s a good thing to do, both for fuel efficiency and for the life of your tires.

And it’s safer. This is a good example of how politics takes perfectly good ideas and makes them stupid.

exception on May 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I remember years ago watching Johnny Carson…back during the Carter years…he was going on with all the ‘if you do this, you’ll get this much better mpg, and if you also do the other, yadda yadda….he said ‘Pretty soon people will be pulling into gas stations to off load all the gas they’re saving’…..

I’d love to see Boxer or any of these other fools give a practical demonstration on checking your tire pressure. Hell, had her a tire gauge and a waffle iron and see if she even knows which is which….

BigWyo on May 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Do the Democrats have investments in the companies that make tire guages or something? It would be the only valid explantion for this sad talking point.

myrenovations on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Inflation?

Invest in gold tires…maybe.

percysunshine on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Is that the same “tired” line?

duggersd on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

“Avoid jackrabbit starts…”

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

What does this say about Boxer, and the fact that she remains a contender for re-election? For me it says…she’s a moron, and so are all those that support her, and vote for her.

It’s true. You can’t fix stupid!!!

capejasmine on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

The best thing she can do for her consituents (not that she really has ever done anything in their interest) is to not seek another term….and then move to some subtropic island far, far away from Cali.

jbh45 on May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

This California attitude used to piss me off back in the eighties, when I lived there. Hour and a half commutes…each way! Idling in freeway traffic. Burning all that fuel, meanwhile patting themselves on the back for being so environmentally conscious!

They might as well say: “Just pollute Tulsa and New Orleans!”.

For those few left who wonder why California is so despised…that kind of thinking goes a long way toward explaining it.

jeanneb on May 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Stick a pressure gauge in Boxer’s tin ear.

Sssssssssssssssssssss….. way low!

profitsbeard on May 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

That was the birth place,the beginning,the start of it
all,

the Tire Pressure Guage!!!

Hopey/Changey started with tire inflation,and any red blood
ed American knows that,and that lead to sexy home insulation
followed by turning down your thermostat!!

canopfor on May 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

She could save an addition 25% by over inflating the spare tire…and even more if they filled the tires with helium…

right2bright on May 14, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Before showing pictures of oils soaked wildlife as a result of the BP oil spill

And so it begins.

reaganaut on May 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Tire pressure=oil independence
Abortion=not murder

Fools. Dangerous fools

Inanemergencydial on May 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Hell, hand her a tire gauge and a waffle iron and see if she even knows which is which….

BigWyo on May 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM

That’s unfair.

I’m sure after an hour long PowerPoint staff briefing and a few hours of study, Babs will be able to discern the difference.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Obama is not very smart; women and men just love him, physically…for odd reason. Maybe his philosophy makes them wet in their pants. He has no girlfriend to show for, ever…which is just curious for such a ‘looker’.

Boxer is dumber than a rock.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Before showing pictures of oils soaked wildlife as a result of the BP oil spill

I’d like to appear before Congress and show them pictures of gunshot victims from their heroes Che and Fidel, starvation victims of Stalin, victims of Mao, and so on…

I wonder how that would go over?

reaganaut on May 14, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Some of us are trying very hard to retire Senator Ma’am!

Vntnrse on May 14, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Stick a pressure gauge in Boxer’s tin ear.

Sssssssssssssssssssss….. way low!

profitsbeard on May 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

profitsbeard: Good point,so,attach the air hose,straight
from the air compressor,and,give her a
hundred pounds of pressure,on second thought,
maybe that has already happened!!haha:)

canopfor on May 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Are there any smart elected Democrats? Any?

WesternActor on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Wellllllllllllll….Lieberman was just smart enough to leave the party.

Patrick S on May 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

And I know who’s head has enough air to inflate them…

CC

CapedConservative on May 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I’ve got things in my yard smarter than this woman.

Chuck Schick on May 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Enough Boxer! More Palin!

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Well, if tire pressure is going to be trotted out as a way to minimize fuel consumption, then I’d suggest all the liberal wackos do the right thing and put tire pressure to ZERO on all four tires.

That will surely cut consumption.

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Is she saying that cars with improperly inflated tires use as much gas in 25 days as the entire US economy uses in a whole year? I can’t get that math to work right unless all those improperly inflated tires are in other countries. Why does she think she can order people in France or China or wherever to inflate their tires? Furthermore, why in the world does she think people in other countries would do so in order to reduce consumption of the US’ oil supply?

Ha We on May 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Louisiana surfer…

right2bright on May 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Is she saying that cars with improperly inflated tires use as much gas in 25 days as the entire US economy uses in a whole year?

Trying to figure out what this dingbat is blabbering about is a fool’s errand.

Waste of time to listen to Democrat politicians, what isn’t a lie is sure to be thoroughly inane.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM

How silly is this statement? Doing the math, it looks like he’s off by about an order of magnitude. The DOE link says you can save 3.3% and U.S. consumption is 20.8M barrels a day, half of which is gasoline, so even if fully half the population is driving on very poorly inflated tires you’re talking about only about 165,000 barrels a day, a tenth or less of the millions of barrels a day we could add in production. Hell, the mean estimate for ANWR alone is 780,000 bpd. …

”There is…this is such a little bit of oil in this area only enough to power the country for, you know, a year or so. So 25 days of people doing the proper pressure would replace it.”

So if we all pump up our tires, we save 165,000 barrels a day for 25 days, or 4.125 million barrels. But at 780,000 BPD for an entire year, we would get 284.7 million barrels a year from ANWR, or 70 times more.

You’ve gotta give credit to Babsie–if we all pump up our tires, we’ll make lots of Hot Air for this blog!

Steve Z on May 14, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens when the CA blackouts shut down Silicon Valley, and the desert reclaims Southern California.

I suppose that Barbara Boxer and the clueless Democrats will blame George Bush…

landlines on May 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Paper, Boxer, or Scissors?

Americannodash on May 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

P.S.: By the way, has Babsie figured out how much fuel is needed to run those air compressors? She might need to subtract that out of the savings…

You want to sequester CO2 underground above its critical pressure, multiply that by a few gazillion…

Steve Z on May 14, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Paper, Boxer, or Scissors?

Americannodash on May 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

That smelly brown pile you’re about to step in isn’t a rock…

landlines on May 14, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Someone please put that old bag outta her misery. It’s really embarrassing, especially considering she represents other people.

search4truth on May 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

GO GREEN LIVE AMISH!!!!

As soon as I see Gore, Obama, McCain, Boxer, Markey et al living the Amish lifestyle to protect our planet, I will buy this climate change crap. And I mean horse and buggy, no electricity, growing their own food and livestock, cooking on a woodstove and shearing their sheep, spinning their yarn and weaving their clothes.

Until then they are all full of a word I can’t use here in fear of being banned!

kringeesmom on May 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM

She could put her mouth in gear along with her actions and
encourage local businesses, such as Wal-Mart and others that offer auto services to set up drive up lanes at their stores where store or independents can perform the tire check service and maybe more needed services. She could have the state set up provisions and means for people to offer those services and put some people back to work as a result.

For those too young to remember the time when there were independent owned service stations. While your gas was being pumped, the service guy or gal, would go around and check your tire pressures and add air as needed, checked the windshield wipers, cleaned the windows, check the oil, offered to add oil if needed or let the customer know that it was getting near time to add oil, or that it was okay, gave the belts a quick check, checked the radiator hoses for signs of failure, and noted any other obvious problems, all in about the time the gas was pumped. Would that be worth a dollar to have that done today?

Best part for Boxer is that it could be in the tradition of socialist and communist institutions, such as Cuba, were care repairs are done by indepentdents at the curb.

Franklyn on May 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM

This Boxer gasbag could blow up an onion sack.

hillbillyjim on May 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Bab’s is just dumber than a bag of hammers! Way dumber than a bag of tire pressure gauges! We need to see the Boxer Blimp!

djtnt on May 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Stick a pressure gauge in Boxer’s tin ear.

Sssssssssssssssssssss….. way low!

profitsbeard on May 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

You can get air out of a vacuum? Amazing..

Are there any Dems in congress that have an IQ greater than their shoe size?

docdave on May 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The woman behind Sen Ma’am in the pix has consumed more than her share of carbon credits

Dingbat63 on May 14, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I’m still waiting for my tire pressure gauge McCain was supposed to send me.

lonestar1 on May 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I’m somewhat surprised Big Gov hasn’t shut these heretics down.

Buy Danish on May 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I effing hate her.

BallisticBob on May 14, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I wonder how much oil would be saved if Pelosi did without her jet and these politicians did without their limos. And, do not get me started on Hollywood…….

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Brooklyn is missing its idiot.

TexasJew on May 14, 2010 at 2:57 PM

In the picture it looks like Babs is checking out notes on her hand… “Shrill baby Shrill”

Stsomewhere on May 14, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Hey, BB, here’s your sign.

Kissmygrits on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Are there any smart elected Democrats? Any?

WesternActor on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM
Wellllllllllllll….Lieberman was just smart enough to leave the party.

Patrick S on May 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

That says something about Arlen Specter, does it not?

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Boxer is completely out of touch with the ordinary people here in California. When she comes here from DC, she attends fundraisers in San Francisco and the westside of LA. She meets with the Hollywood crowd, who support her financially. I can’t think of the last time she was even seen in places like Fresno or Riverside. (probably a good thing as she’d be booed and shouted at).

She’s been Senator for 18 years. For younger voters, she’s been Senator forever. But the “vibe” out here is that she may finally be on her way out. The fact that the LA Times won’t even endorse her tells us volumes.

sdillard on May 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Are there any smart elected Democrats? Any?

WesternActor on May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Let’s face it, the vast majority of elected officials, even the vast majority of elected officials that are Democrats, are very smart. And a lot of very smart people either encourage or are inspired by the crap many (and perhaps most) politicians, particularly liberal politicians, express.

Ira on May 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Let’s face it, the vast majority of elected officials, even the vast majority of elected officials that are Democrats, are very smart.

That’s a common fallacy.

They are connected. That’s usually it.

They have family, they have friends, they have money.

They are manipulative and they are ambitious.

When you see these people speak off the cuff?

Rarely do they say anything intelligent.

Boilerplate, predictable, nothing at all new.

Most politicians and particularly Democrats, are of average intelligence at best.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Politicians tend to confuse the subject of energy and oil (on purpose?). Energy independence and oil independence are not the same thing. 2% of our electric power needs comes from oil.

If we want a cost efficient way to be come energy independent then we must invest in coal, gas, and nuclear power plants.

If we want to become oil independent then we must (a) get more domestic oil or (b) lessen our use of oil, or both.

Everyone properly inflating their tires is not going to prevent blackouts or brownouts.

tommer74 on May 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM

It’s no wonder that L.A. Times refuses to endorse her because she’s too stupid.

kurtzz3 on May 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Please don’t call me ‘ma’am,’ General.

I’ve worked SO HARD – SO VERY VERY HARD to get the title ‘Senator.’

Good Lt on May 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Most likely on her knees as she has demonstrated over and over her brain is a dried up pea. I live in WA state, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are just as bad. Stupid, stupid women. My question is, who is the fatty next to Boxer in the picture and how come Michelle isn’t there making her do exercises or taking away her chocolate cake?

nwpammy on May 14, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Stick a pressure gauge in Boxer’s tin ear.
Sssssssssssssssssssss….. way low!
profitsbeard on May 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I suggest a different place to stick that gauge.

lonestar1 on May 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM

What does she care if offshore drilling is banned on the west coast?One rig produces more than just oil with the trickle down to all the suppliers that keep a rig going.She has stolen her millions while in office and the people keep her in to steal more.They let a multi-millionaire set policy that affects their lives and life doesn’t seem to be too good in Cali now.She could care less about them and gets away with it.

docflash on May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Can’t really comment on the absurdity of it all, the “gut American economy” crap, but I CAN comment on the pic of Boxer. Lord have Mercy, this takeover of America is taking it’s toll on the ma’am b&%ch.

They always say – the good age well.

seesalrun on May 14, 2010 at 6:37 PM

that air pressure meme has been around forever…here is a commercial from Super Bowl XXV in the middle of the first gulf war…err if link doesnt take you to exact time, its at 24:15

equanimous on May 14, 2010 at 8:48 PM

If we would only air up our dang tires, we could stop using oil altogether… Thank you comrade Boxer for sharing this valuable info with the rest of us rubes.

painfulTruthDisciple on May 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Sen. Ma’am’s ego is the only thing inflated.

RobCon on May 14, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Let’s face it, the vast majority of elected officials, even the vast majority of elected officials that are Democrats, are very smart.

Ira on May 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Really? The few who actually release their transcripts had lower GPA’s than GWB. You really think the one’s who won’t release theirs were better?

Squiggy on May 15, 2010 at 7:46 AM

As they say in Ky. “the old gal looks like she’s been rode hard and put up wet!” It’s time to put her out to pasture! Sweep clean in November!

Marco on May 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM