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Energy fueling Monday's agenda. Obama, 47 today, acts, McCain reacts.


The Obama campaign jumped in first to try to set the storyline of the day, producing a new spot called "Pocket," hitting McCain by picturing him with oil man President Bush and for taking contributions from "Big Oil."

(Corporations are banned from donating to federal candidates. Donations come from individuals who work for oil companies--Obama also accepts donations from employees of oil companies; McCain has more.)

The Republicans--playing defense, because talking about oil prices is the Obama team agenda--are offering tire gauges to reporters, mocking Obama for suggesting that people keep their tires inflated properly in order to save gas.

The ad
Announcer: 'Every time you fill your tank, the oil companies fill their pockets. Now, Big Oil's filling John McCain's campaign with 2 million dollars in contributions. Because instead of taxing their windfall profits to help drivers, McCain wants to give them another 4 billion in tax breaks. After one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. Barack Obama - a windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand dollar rebate. A president who'll stand up for you.' 

Senator Obama: 'I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message.' 


A typical delusional Lynn Sweet Obama can do no wrong blog.....Hey Lynn...try doing more than repeating Axelrod talking points..Rumor has it you're a reporter, not a stenographer. As for Obama's big oil ad....good, bring it on..the more we talk about $4.00 gas and who's to blame and which party is doing nothing about it the better

Yes, indeed--Obama acts and McSame spends very little appearance wise, but puts it all into negative attack ads--because they work.
Which is why Obama must respond to EVERY STUPID thing this McSame character says--punch back even harder.
Excellent ad team Obama!

Lynn, why not tell the public about Obama's bill?

What kind of person sponsors legislation to address the voting rights of thousands of people and then fails to call the bill? What kind of person doesn’t take the time to pick up the phone to one of the cosponsors and tells them how important it is to pass the bill? Is his Presidential campaign important? Of course it is. Does that mean there was no way to get this legislation passed? Of course not.

The next time you hear these claims of voter intimidation, remember how Barack Obama didn’t even call this bill for a vote....

I'd call Obama empty headed, but that'd be praise. The Candidate is an over-educated fool, in one ear, out the other. And when he wanders off-teleprompter, just plain embarrassing.

"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 save just as much."

This is how ill-informed Obama is, and it shows what happens when you make up facts. Something The One does all the time, but alleged reporters never call him on it.

FACTS OBAMA: Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. Averaging 24 mpg, uses around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in vehicles.

If, through 100% perfect tire inflation, this improved collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons.

A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through EVERYONE having PERFECT tire inflation ALL THE TIME, is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.

How does this stack up against "all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling?"

ANWR: 10 billion barrels
Outer Continental Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much higher, since exploration has been banned)
Oil shale: 1 trillion barrels

So, on the above assumptions, it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal "all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling."

What an Obamoron.

Oil Prices are just the tip of the Iceberg. McCain has a last CENTURY mindset, and will revert the country backwards. His energy policy will not do anything new, he's just gonna grab onto whatever old stuff he can and use our resources up so that next generation Americans are even worse off.

We need to make changes NOW. Doing more drilling, building more coal power plants, and nuclear plants is REVERTING BACKWARDS! He'll tell ya it's what we need, but he's got no answer for what happens after that when we turn our environment into Chernobyl. Even the Chinese are now having big environmental problems that are affecting their people and industry.

America needs to be a LEADER on fresh, clean renewable energy - not revert backwards to a third world country using dirty energy that pollutes. Obama is for that, McCain is not. Obama will help America invest in this new industry and bring lots of new jobs. McCain will spend billions in Iraq, and plants will keep closing here. McCain is living in the past.


Improving under-inflated tires can increase efficiency by 10%, so it would actually result in 600 million barrels of oil annually. Your figures are also misleading, ANWR will only be able to produce, estimated by the EIA, at its PEAK a little less than 750 million barrels annually (and that won't be until 2027! Tire inflation saves us gas now!). So just this simple measure shows that instead of drilling in ANWR, we could almost make up the difference by focusing more on something so small and simple as tired inflation.

That isn't the main point Obama was trying to make either. Tire inflation is just ONE example of oil-saving measures (i.e. carpooling, better mas transit, slower driving). CREATIVITY and INTELLIGENCE. Why? Because like it or not, domestic drilling won't save us from the reality that gas prices are going to go up because oil supplies are going down (much faster than any domestic drilling can increase them). So we can take the next 4 years to put off creative solutions to enter the 21st century and continue to watch gas prices to rise while (at best praying from the to go down) or start now with creative thinking to change our future.

Gas prices WILL go up, do you want to put off the solutions or start mitigating them now, and investing in a secure future?

P.S. Your misunderstanding of statistics (i.e. ANWR will deliver 10 billion right away!) is on par with McCain's lack of understanding in any sort of economic or energy issue.

Oh, and one other thing about Jack's estimates on off-shore drilling. In recent years (see Azerbaijan, Saudi and Kuwait's wells) further exploration and drilling has actually led to a DECREASE in estimated reserves. So it is just as likely estimates could decrease significantly as they are to increase. Another misstatement I would like to point out.

Sorry Lynn, but your selected candidate is going down in smoke and no amount of idiocy like this "article" is going to save the empty-suit.


No, then how are we going to ever solve the energy problems, if even the kool-aiders do not follow Oba-moron's policy solutions? LMAO!!

What a bunch of idiots supporting such nonsense.

I'll tell you what kind of senator does that.
One who is all hat and no cattle, like Obama.
This guy hasn't had a single positive influence in the US Senate other than to elevate himself and his race onto the national stage.
I don't challenge his race. That's fine. If the black man were the best qualified for the job, I'd be in his corner too. But this guy ain't. He's a charlatan. An emperor with no clothes. But he talks all sweet and promises the sky so those with false hopes just cooooo and fawn all over him. God I hope there are more smart voters than those looking for love to put into the White House.

Laugh all you want repugnicans. Inflating your tires does help give your car better gas mileage. Obama never said it would solve the gas price crisis but it at least it is true and will make a small difference, which is more helpful than
than the fako tax holiday suggested by McCain.

Maybe us whinny people need something positive to do while our homes and jobs are being taken away.

Do you think McCain,in his $500 shoes,has ever walked a mile in our less expensive shoes?

Is McCain laughing at us as he passes out tire gauges to reporters ,or just an insensitive fool who doesn't deserve our vote?

Is is really funny life has become so hard for so many?

Do we really want to extend the pain another 4 years? McCain does.

John McCain is Exxon-Mobil/Goerge Bush robot.

He even raises his hands like a robot.

Someone should stick a tire pressure gauge up McSame's rear end and check HIS air pressure. He seems a bit saggy.

John McCain has received two million dollars from the oil industry, and now he want to give them a four million dollars tax break, when they are raking- in record profits on the shoulders of America. So, John McCain said, “Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long-term about the future of the country.” What John McCain neglected to mention was that during those thirty years, he was in Washington for twenty-six of them. And in all that time, he did little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Not to mention, that out of the last twenty eight years, twenty of those years, our nation energy policies were manipulated by an oil man in the Whitehouse representing his party interest (George Sr.12 years. George Jr.8 years) that have all but destroyed our Country.
Here is some straight talk. When John McCain was running in the Republican primary he never mention or addressed anything about this nation energy problems. After the primary when he saw that Barack Obama energy position was getting footage he flip-flopped, and quickly turned into Mitt Romney. The Straight Talk express at its best. So here my question to you: Why do Jack Cafferty and others in the news media find it so amusing to report on Barack Obama supposedly flip-flopping, when John McCain have twisted on more issues to have started a tornado with his silly shenanigans, then any Politician in recent history beside Mitt Romney, not to mention his long list of gaffes. Yet they fail to get equal coverage. Can I be sensing media bias? After all, Barack Obama has received 72% negative coverage, when they have reported on him. WHY? America has to stop acting like they don't know the difference between right and wrong.
Finally, there are those who say that John McCain’s new ad depicts Barack Obama as trying to present himself as a messiah, well I beg to differ. I believe that John McCain new ad tries to depict Barack Obama as being as old as Moses, when John McCain himself is old enough to have been Moses childhood buggy!

LIAM .. I keep my tires properly inflated for safety reasons above ALL else. And urge other to do so as well.

However, what has that got to do with Obama's inane and IGNORANT comment that iflating tires being the equivalent to "all that oil they're talking about drilling."

That is absurd and UNTRUE. As are your figures, and your "reasoning," or the lack thereof.

#1. "P.S. Your misunderstanding of statistics (i.e. ANWR will deliver 10 billion right away!) is on par with McCain's lack of understanding in any sort of economic or energy issue."

What on earth of your blathering about? Your misunderstanding of basic reading comprehension is on a par with your lack of ability to think. Please try harder.

No oil reserve delivers its every last drop of its product "right away." I never said or even implied that. Who says that it does, except you. Dumb strawman argument. Try harder.

#2. "Improving under-inflated tires can increase efficiency by 10%, so it would actually result in 600 million barrels of oil annually. Your figures are also misleading,"

Your figures are contradicted by the facts from those who know. And it appears you don't know the difference between a BARREL of oil, and the 20 GALLONS of gas produced from said barrel.

The Michelin Tire Co. advises that tires can account for UP TO a 4% difference in fuel efficiency; and that is the MAXIMUM figure they quote. I think they might know as they make tires. While D.O.T. studies show that the USA could save 4.2 million gallons of gas per day just by keeping tires properly inflated.

THAT'S ... 76,650,000 (Seventy six point six MILLION) barrels of oil annually. 4.2 million x 365 divided by 20 = 76,650,000 barrels.

#3. All these figure are based on THE OPTIMUM tire inflation from everyone, all the time. A spectacularly unlikely event. What do you suggest? The tire police?

If you can't bring yourself to acknowledge that Obama said something factually incorrect, then you are simply shilling for the candidate.

#4. Like it or not, the US and the west are primarily oil using economy way into the foreseeable future, and anyone who tells you otherwise is LYING and/or sadly misinformed.

No Energy. No Drilling, No Nuclear, No Coal. That's NObama.

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