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To Inflate OR To Drill? That Is The Question.

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By Jeffrey

Obama says Americans should inflate our tires to the proper level.

McCain says Americans should drill offshore.

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Which plan is more beneficial?

Well, that depends on what you think is beneficial.

If you think spending billions of dollars setting up offshore drilling that will further foster our dependence on fossil fuels, destroy marine life, and not make a difference until about the year 2030, then you should go the McCain route.

If you want a difference (environmentally and financially) RIGHT NOW, today, for free, check out Obama’s energy plan.

Here’s a video that helps explain it, via ClimateProgress.org:

Michael Grunwald of TIME Magazine reported on the Obama energy plan earlier this week.

He said, “How out of touch is Barack Obama? He’s so out of touch that he suggested that if all Americans inflated their tires properly and took their cars for regular tune-ups, they could save as much oil as new offshore drilling would produce.”

This has been the conservative response to Obama’s energy plan…even to the point of mochery, as you can see in the video.

Grunwald went on to say,

But who’s really out of touch? The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 barrelsl per day by 2030. We use about 20 million barrels per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.

– Michael Grunwald

Here at The Fun Times Guide to Living Green, we’ve talked about these same tips to saving fuel and money before (as well as 3 other free tips to improve your gas mileage).

The truth of the matter is that I’m not political at all. I also choose not to vote — regardless of how much I like the candidate or their plans (not because I don’t care, but not voting is casting MY vote… in the only way I know how).

The cool thing about Obama as a person is that he’s promoting simple things that every single person can do right now to make a difference in their finances and the environment.

That, I like!

Check out more great ways to save money at the pump and increase your fuel efficiency at FuelEconomy.gov.