Great Moments In Irony

August 20, 2008

Chalk this one up for the ages.  The guy who was responsible for bringing the fuel-swilling Humvee to the civilian retail market has recently* come out and thrown his muscles behind something called “EcoDriving“.

What is EcoDriving, you ask?  Well, its basically what I’ve been talking about over many posts and a few months here in the Chamber, and a little of what the Flat Tirers have been deriding Obama for.  Things like shedding excess weight, keeping your vehicle tuned, and checking your tire pressure monthly:

The Department of Energy estimates that 1.2 billion gallons of fuel were wasted in 2005 as a result of driving on underinflated tires. Tires can deflate naturally, by as much as 1.5 PSI (pounds per square inch) a month. Experts estimate that 25% of automobiles are running on tires with lower than recommended pressure. Fuel efficiency is reduced by 1% for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated. So, keeping your tires properly inflated translates into a free tank of gas a year and reduces CO2 emissions too. Check tire pressure at least once a month. The correct tire pressure in PSI can be found on the tire label, as well as on the door frame, sill or edge. If all Californians properly inflated and aligned their tires, we’d save 300 million gallons of gas a year, according to the California Energy Commission.

*To be fair, Schwarzenegger has been actively going “green” on his Hummers for quite some time, but when I saw the video on the EcoDriving website featuring the Governator encouraging all Americans to try to better their MPG’s and lower emissions, I figured the irony had come full circle.

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  1. if someone like Schwarzenegger can get behind EcoDriving, I certainly can.

    the Republicans have been blowing smoke on anything green for decades….. the turnaround is ironic indeed.

  2. It’s not an tumor. It’s just hypocrisy.

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  4. Not to get “holier than thou” on you Comrade Chen, but I live in a passive solar heated home, have a nuke plant in my backyard (well, within 10 miles) and would have solar panels on my roof for electrical generation if the price was more reasonable or tax credits changed the equation. But I still want us to find as much oil as we possibly can. I’m sorry, but I sleep soundly at night knowing that oil companies make a profit and will continue to stay in business as long as they do. The government collects more tax on a gallon of gas than what the oil companies make in profit.
    If we all keep our tires inflated we’ll save the equivalent of one days usage per year. When the supply runs out, what the hell good will conservation do? It’s like saying we all should use recycled paper. We’ll always need a fresh supply of virgin fiber. Don’t be so hard-headed. Drilling our own oil is in the best interest of the poor and middle class. Yup, some are going to get wealthy/wealthier. But we shouldn’t impoverish the poor any more than they already are just to prevent a few from getting wealthy.

  5. paleo-

    As I said to Sage a few threads down:

    I really don’t have anything negative to say about drilling. I have always assumed that we periodically find new oil deposits and drill for extra oil anyway. But I think the plan in the grand scheme of things is to taper our demand for non-renewable sources of energy as we move forward, and “drill here, drill now” doesn’t really address that.

  6. You said: “I have always assumed that we periodically find new oil deposits and drill for extra oil anyway.”
    We are a nation of 300 million heading to 400 million in the next thirty years. We don’t need “extra” oil, we needs lots of “new” oil and new technology, and solar, and wind, and everything else that comes along to support a runaway population/immigration explosion. We can’t let politicians with million dollar views at their beach front mansions decide (for us) that offshore drilling, which can benefit the masses, is off limits.

  7. Ec-

    We can’t let politicians with million dollar views at their beach front mansions decide (for us) that offshore drilling, which can benefit the masses, is off limits.

    What benefit the masses is something like ecodriving, as the impact can be immediate and, as I’ve proven, significant. Drilling gives an immediate benefit to…the oil companies.

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