Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review.
“There are things you can do individually to save energy,” Barack Obama said last week “… 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.”
Despite the fact that even NASCAR extols the gas-saving virtues of proper tire inflation on its website, the McCain campaign spent the early part of this week mocking Obama’s assertion that keeping tires inflated conserves gasoline by selling tire gauges, for a $25 donation, labeled “Obama Energy Plan.”
On Wednesday night, however, during a conference call with supporters, McCain did a complete 180 on tire inflation:
Maybe not, but experts agree that properly inflating tires could make a big difference:
"[The] production offset is ... likely to approach 800,000 barrels per day -– a tidy sum and a worthwhile target for savings, but not equal to [Outer Continental Shelf] output," [wrote Frank Verrastro, Director and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).]
Keeping tires inflated would have a much longer term benefit than offshore drilling however, because it is a sustainable practice, whereas --- despite Republican talking points to the contrary --- U.S. underseas oil reserves would meet global demand for only seven months:
Predictably, the media are letting McCain's latest gaffe pass, but at least Obama took an opportunity to poke a little fun at his rival. Noting McCain's change of position, Obama said, "It will be interesting to watch this debate between John McCain and John McCain."