Politifact Finds Obama’s Tire-Inflation ClaimTrue

By Jaketapper

Aug 5, 2008 10:05pm

Our friends at Politifact have also looked into Sen. Barack Obama’s claim about tire inflation and found it to be true — not merely that car tune-ups and proper tire inflation will save millions of barrels of oil per year, but that it will save more energy than new off shore drilling would yield.

No one knows for sure, of course, which may be one of the reasons why our experts disagreed with Obama’s claim that this conservation method would save more energy than new off shore drilling would yield.

But the salient point is that such measures are serious. Why the Republicans are mocking them at a time of energy crisis seems bizarre.

We’re also reminded of this news from 1990:

"The Washington Times, September 14, 1990…The Bush administration yesterday launched an advertising blitz telling Americans they could fight oil shortages and high gas prices by conserving, while advising Congress there is no sign of price gouging by the oil industry and that gas prices are ‘not unreasonable.’ The slogan for the yearlong campaign, ‘Do Your Part, Drive Smart,’ tells consumers they can save more than 7 million gallons of gasoline a day if they keep their tires properly inflated, drive slower and join car pools.

Said Energy Secretary James D. Watkins: "The president has called upon Americans to do their part ‘to conserve. Our intention is to give people simple steps they can take immediately and have direct impact on fuel savings."

Reported the media at the time: "The new public service announcements give drivers tips on how they can save gasoline. One television ad, which will be broadcast later this year, shows a gigantic oil gusher that is not coming from a well, but bursting forth from the valve on a tire. The announcer tells viewers that by slightly increasing the air pressure slightly in their tires, they can save 50,000 barrels of oil each day."

- jpt

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