Republicans to Kick Obama’s Tires

By Nitya

Aug 4, 2008 8:54am

Last week in Missouri, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said, "there are things that 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 could actually save just as much."

Seeking to belittle these remarks – and to portray them, falsely, as Obama’s sole energy plan – the RNC will be sending reporters tire gauges engraved with “Obama’s Energy Plan” today. Michigan Republicans will be passing out tire gauges at his event today.

ABC News’ Natalie Gewargis and I fact-checked Obama’s claim last week.

It’s not quite accurate to say that tune-ups and inflated tires would save as much energy as drilling in the outer continental shelf is predicted to yield.

That said, if Americans took Obama’s advice, they would save about 800,000 barrels of oil a day. Certainly nothing to dismiss out of hand if you actually take this energy crisis seriously.

- jpt

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