Got an email from the McCain camp. I subscribe for the lolz.
John McCain says we need offshore oil drilling and we need it now. Senator Barack Obama has consistently opposed offshore drilling - calling it a "gimmick." Senator Obama's solution to high gas prices is telling Americans to make sure their tires are inflated.
Today, I'm asking for your help in putting Senator Obama's "tire gauge" energy policy to the test. With an immediate donation of $25 or more, we will send you an "Obama E nergy Plan" tire pressure gauge. Will simply inflating your tires reduce the financial burden of high gas prices on your wallet?
Inflating your tires will save, approximately, 3.3% on fuel costs. A family who fills their 20-gallon tank every other week will spend $2,080. Making sure their tires are properly inflated will save that family $68.64. And, it bears mentioning, cause less greenhouse gasses to be emitted while costing that family ...nothing!
McCain's plan to drill offshore would wreck more habitats, wouldn't cause any change in pump prices until at least 2018 and even then the effect would be pennies per gallon.
Or about as much as Obama's suggestion would save that family today.
McCain is tacitly suggesting that the tire gauge suggestion is the alpha and the omega of Obama's energy plan. Kind of like when Bush, post-9/11, told everyone to go out and shop. And buy lots of duct tape.
My god, I hope McCain keeps selling those tire gauges.