Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Obama's Solution to the Energy Crisis? Air

The great thing about Gateway Pundit is that you frequently hear interesting stories there first. Check out this nice catch, which is a representative example of the Messiah's deep thought:

"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!"

Patently absurd, but I call upon resident friend, commenter and engineer Real Jeff to provide his customary debunking of this nonsense, anyway, because he does such a good job at this sort of thing.


Wimpy Canadian said...

The Ubermessiah here has fallen for the conservation fallacy.

Conservationism states: If you are short of a resource, then consume less and you will have more.

Now, let's suppose I am starving. By eating less, I will need less food? feel less hungry? have more food?

Tell me, how does this work?

Conservationism is clearly BS.

Steve Skubinna said...

Now, now, WC, you're only a Canadian (no offense) and can't really be expected to understand these kinds of things. Besides, he's our Messiah, okay? You can go worship, oh I dunno, Dudley Doo-right or whomever.

Paco said...

Good observation, Wimpy.

Anonymous said...

If I get my F150 tuned-up every week maybe I can save enough energy to power the house. Gosh, Obama is a genius! Why didn't somebody tell us this before?


the_real_jeffs said...

I am honored, to be called upon by paco of Paco Enterprises, for my opinion*:

Yeah, you can get good mileage by keeping your tires inflated properly, and getting regular tune ups. But this doesn't improve your mileage, it simply makes sure that your vehicle of choice might actually reach the manufacturer mileage ratings. Which seldom happens in the real world.

It's a good idea for that reason, and to extend the life of your car. Especially if you're like me, and refuse to buy a new vehicle every 2-3 years, like the manufacturers want us to**.

But saving enough oil to avoid the need for drilling? You reduce oil consumption by reducing oil consumption. You'd have to make Congress stop flying and driving everywhere to do that. That ain't gonna happen.

In addition, Wimpy Canadian has it mostly right about conservation.
The original meaning of the word refers to management of renewable resources (e.g., trees).

But I suspect that, in newspeak, "conservation" means either "rationing" or "nationalization", depending on if the lefties refer to "stretching out the supply" or "control", respectively. In which case, "conservation" is indeed BS.

*: My fee for professional services will be delivered by courier tomorrow. Cash, please, and in full. I think you know the courier, paco, used to be the bookie for some detective.....

**: I've had my current F150 since 2002, and I bought it used then. I plan on driving "Betty Boop" for a good number of years (my last rig was a 1986 Nissan pick up, which I sold to a gentleman of Mexican descent for parts, just after I bough my F150). Oddly enough, I had it tuned up just last week, and checked the tires before I left on my trip.....all without the urging of Obama O'Boner. I'm funny that way, I guess.

Paco said...

RJ: Crap! Was that your courier?

Hey, honey! Untie the man. He's not an Obama canvaser after all.

the_real_jeffs said...

I trust that you avoided bruising him, paco! I told him there might be problems....

And Hot Air produces some hard data about the fuel "savings"....about 100,000 barrels of oil a day, on the high side. Plus some very good comments on just how often a tune up is really needed.

I still maintain that simply increasing your mileage to the design rating is not a "savings". But if you need numbers, there they are.

SwampWoman said...

Well....remember, he IS speaking to Democrats, after all. The rest of us know better than to drive around on flat tires.

RebeccaH said...

I still cannot decide if this man is as stupid as he sounds, or if he thinks we are. Since even he must know that everything he says is going to be reported everywhere to all sorts of people, I have to conclude that he is, indeed, stupid.

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