Senator Obama said on Wednesday in Missouri, “There are things that you can do individually though to save energy,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said. “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.”
Now, the radio talk show folks went bananas over this. Obama was trying to make a point that we don’t need to try to increase the supply of oil on the market from domestic sources offshore. I was wondering how he knows how much oil is in the ground or under the ocean. Also, increasing gas mileage is not going to make the US less dependent on foreign oil…we’d just get better gas mileage. Anyway, that’s not the point to this…if you want to look at an analysis of the comment and whether or not it holds water, here is a report from ABC’s Jake Tapper.
What I think is funny is that coincidentally right after Sen. Obama’s campaign speech, reports came out that an Arab Sheik had apparently done exactly what the Senator suggested. He sent his Lamborghini in for a tune-up. He put his expensive car on a plane and sent it to London for an oil change and tune up before it was returned by plane. Round-trip distance for the car for it’s oil change? About 6500 miles. But, what’s the controversy? All he did was do what Senator Obama suggested. I guess the Senator should have been more clear on proper procedure for one to tune up the car.
Here is the report and notice how many people claim that the Sheik has somehow added to pollution. That would suggest that the Qatar Airways jet would not have made the trip otherwise. I suspect that the plane would have flown whether the car was on board or not.
We need thoughtfulness when addressing the Global Warming issue, not emotional reactions that are without merit nor campaign stump lines that over-simplify a very complicated issue that has ramifications in meeting our energy needs, maintaining the economy and examining cleaner ways to run the engine of the nation. It’s a tricky and complicated issue with each subset providing their own complicated issues.
Why don’t people understand that for the time being, we need oil and the more the supply and promise of future supply, the lower the price of oil. We need to develop alternative energy sources that will take time but as it does, we not only reduce pollution levels but also reduce the need for oil. Jobs are maintained, the lifestyle is maintained, jobs are created and the air gets cleaner…and if you want to believe in anthropogenic Global Warming, then you get reduced carbon emissions as well.