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2008/8/8-13 [Politics/Domestic/Election] UID:50825 Activity:kinda low
8/8     Drive Naked, Save America
        http://tinyurl.com/6xmyer   [cnn.com]
        \_ Is this worse or better than reducing the national speed
           limit back to 55 (and 65 in some cases)?
        \_ This is better than handing out tire gauges how?
           \_ For one thing, there would be lots of naked chicks on the road.
              \_ And more accidents.
        \_ Drilling for oil in the OCS is going to have a negligible effect,
           too. As much as it will pain conservatives, they are just going
           to have to learn to live with less oil.
           \_ And you won't?
              \_ Since I already don't own a car, I doubt it will have a
                 huge impact on me. Perhaps on food prices, but that is
                 a very small part of my budget.
                 \_ The price of oil affects the price of almost everything.
                   \_ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/10/opinion/10friedman1.html
                      Too bad the conservatives blocked the CAFE standards
                      from going up for all those years.
                      \_ Yeah, incinerating trash sure sounds environmentally
                         correct.
        \_ This is moronic.  Way more oil would have to go towards climate
           control because clothing helps people regulate temperature. This
           guy ridicules Obama for proposing a good idea and being stumped
           that the Republicans would mock him for it.  Its dumbass partisan
           politics to mock someone for an idea you agree with.  May as well
           mock yourself.
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Next Article in Politics By Glenn Beck CNN Decrease font Decrease font Enlarge font Enlarge font Editor's note: Glenn Beck is on CNN Headline News nightly at 7 and 9 ET and also hosts a conservative national radio talk show. Glenn Beck Glenn Beck says conservation won't solve energy crisis, and we need more oil drilling in the US NEW YORK (CNN) -- Call our politicians and tell them to stay on vacation. Call the caribou roaming in Alaska and tell them they're safe. Call the Saudi king and tell him what you really think of his oil. You've probably got on a shirt, socks, shoes, jewelry, maybe even some pants. If people really loved America, they would strip down, leave their clothes at home, and drive around buck naked. "Making sure your tires are properly inflated, simple thing," Obama said. "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. When The Associated Press asked Obama's campaign for the figures they used to make that claim, they couldn't produce any -- but plenty of other people have. Glenn Beck on Headline News It turns out that about two-thirds of vehicles already have properly inflated tires. That means we'd likely save somewhere around 800,000 barrels of oil a day if everyone else also complied. Meanwhile, the US Minerals Management Service estimates that there are about 86 billion barrels of oil in the areas that we're not allowed to drill. But, facts aside, Obama seemed to be stunned that Republicans would dare ridicule an idea as revolutionary as checking your tire pressure. "They're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption," he complained. No, what they're making fun of is that a guy who, less than two months earlier, was against the gas tax holiday because it was a "gimmick," has suddenly embraced what is essentially a gimmick. John McCain, disputes that keeping your tires inflated will help you get better gas mileage. But so will emptying your trunk, buying a hybrid, not using the heat, and driving naked. they're unsustainable gimmicks that distract people from solving the underlying crisis. They're also exactly the type of things that Obama once claimed he was against. But, of course, the adoring mainstream media doesn't want to talk about that, they just want to defend Obama's honor. Michael Grunwald recently wrote an article titled, "The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke," that probably would've been harsher on Obama if it was written by Barack himself. "Meanwhile," he wrote, "efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3 percent and regular maintenance can add another 4 percent. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. 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But let's follow his yellow brick road for a second anyway. If we all put on our Jimmy Carter sweaters and used less oil, we'd still need millions of barrels. How about making sure those barrels come from America by starting to drill for it now? We'll never be truly free until we're completely free from Middle Eastern oil. Not surprisingly, drilling was nowhere to be found in the article, but Grunwald did include plenty of other, "simple" things we can do: "We can use those twisty carbon fluorescent light bulbs. We can unplug our televisions, computers and phone chargers when we're not using them." Not only is unplugging a television not going to do a darn thing, it's annoying and almost no one in their right mind will ever, ever, ever, ever do it! 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