In July of 2008, Obama suggested a simple solution to save energy and relieve our dependence on offshore drilling. He stated that properly inflated tires and regular tune-ups would save just as much energy as what was being generated by drilling. Needless to say, there were a few skeptics.
Then, in March of 2010, Obama announced a plan to tap an oil supply of approximately 400,000 square miles along the us coastline, specifically, the mid atlantic, south atlantic, and eastern gulf of mexico. These drilling sites would yield roughly 2.5 to 4 Billion barrels.
To compare, Obama’s plan for properly inflating tires assumes that the average American automobile has tires that are under-inflated by 6-10 Psi, gets 25 miles per gallon, and is driven 13000 annually. With an estimated 235 million trucks and cars on the road, and an increase in 1.5 percent per year, the predicted number of barrels saved by properly inflating tires is approximately 3 billion barrels by 2030 which is 3-4 percent of our total oil consumption. This is more than a year’s supply of imported oil from OPEC nations and is very close to the amount of barrels generated by offshore drilling.
Also, the potential oil yield from offshore drilling would not be readily available for several years, and the supply is limited, while properly inflating tires has an immediate effect on energy savings, and its effects are indefinite. Not to mention that many gas stations provide free air pump usage with the purchase of gasoline.
If properly inflating tires actually does save as much energy as offshore drilling would generate, and is a cheaper alternative, why aren’t most Americans doing it?