Obamaphiles and the media (one in the same?) have jumped on the tire gauge promotion done by the McCain campaign. Experts and supporters alike have been defending Obama’s “inflation” message all day. And yes, inflating your tires just as regular tune ups will improve mileage and durability of your vehicle. No one is suggesting otherwise. However, Sen Obama did suggest that by doing so the United States would not need to even consider off shore drilling. His comment was “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.”
Conservation is something all Americans can do to save money at home. But the suggestion that inflating your tires will save “ALL the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling” is ridiculous. Remember, Obama said “ALL”, not will save some or will help conserve. Supporters are now trying to spin this with the now familiar ” that’s not what he said” or “meant” line and are attacking McCain for being in the pocket of the oil industry, despite the fact that Obama voted for subsidies to the oil companies and not McCain. They are also trying to say McCain is not for conservation despite the fact that McCain’s energy plan is more diverse than Obama’s and does not rely on taking the profits away from the capitalist, privately owned oil companies that pay more in taxes than the working man’s friend Wal-Mart.
The point of this debate is “ALL”. Obama said it. His words. His thoughts. And with the uttering of that three letter word he showed that he would never support drilling, only conservation, to solve the energy crisis even in compromise legislation.