Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wingnuts and Things That Actually Work

Darleen Click says her ass is chapped, but we really don't care about that. What we do care about is her flip, offhand dismissal of what is actually a pretty fucking good idea:
One could almost hear the audible hissing over McCain’s ad questioning O!’s unseriousness over drilling while O! continues his Great Pretender tour, yet O! turns around and continues to insult the intelligence of those not completely in his thrall:
“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.”

Oh goody. Let’s all welcome the Pressure Police.

Sorry, Darleen--hate to have to introduce you to common sense, but it actually would save a hell of a lot of gas:
A driver with severely under-inflated tires can spend $800 more per year on fuel than necessary, according to, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information. With approximately 250 million vehicles on the road in the United States, the potential for saving billions of dollars and tons of fuel is remarkable. These findings were among the results of's study entitled "Edmunds Employees Put to the Tire Pressure Test"

The study, carried out by's "Green Committee," concluded that on average, the company's employees' tires were nearly seven percent below the manufacturers' suggested tire pressure. The 212 Edmunds' employees who participated in the project will save 5,820 gallons of gas a year and approximately $20,500 per year by properly inflating their vehicles' tires. points out that such savings will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 204.3 tons a year. The company has supported this effort by distributing tire pressure gauges to its employees and promising to regularly remind them to check their tire pressure.

"When our Green Committee suggested this program, the executives immediately supported it and we began communicating it to our partners and vendors, hoping it will inspire other companies to adopt a similar practice," commented President and Chief Operating Officer Avi Steinlauf. "There is real potential for companies to make a difference - both economically and environmentally - through such an initiative."

Poor wingnuts. Chapped asses, no common sense, and stuck with John "Cotton Hill" McCain.


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