• Aug 19th 2008 at 12:55PM
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Oh, poor Newt Gingrich. Once the shining star of the Republican party, the former House Speaker has now been reduced to spewing utter nonsense on Sean Hannity's TV show (yes, for some readers this will feel like a dog bites man type of story). ThinkProgress catches Gingrich trying to make a political point out of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's very sensible (if boring) statement that keeping automobile tires properly inflated can help save fuel. In response, Newt said the following:

Well, I got a very funny e-mail from a retired military officer in Tampa who pointed out that most tire inflation is done at service stations and you pay for it. And it's actually a higher profit margin than selling gasoline. So Sen. Obama was urging you to go out and enrich Big Oil by inflating your tires instead of buying gas.

I think all of our readers can figure why this is nonsense, but ThinkProgress has the details if not. As Josh Marshall says, it "Simply defies comprehension how stupid this is. But you can say anything on Fox." Video after the jump. In related news, dKos has a long and opinionated post looking at politicians and Big Oil.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Telecommuting dammit. We need a LOT more telecommuting. Here are some changes that could help:

      1. Technological -- much better and more prevalent videoconferencing technology as well as ways for companies to keep tabs on their remote employees
      2. Political/economic -- more tax incentives for companies that have more telecommuters as a percentage of workforce; perhaps tax incentives for individuals who telecommute as well
      3. Legal/regulatory -- relaxing of some of the regulatory requirements for (for instance) financial firms to house all employees on site
      4. Social/corporate -- removal of the stigma of working from home and the resistance of the corporate culture to remote working

      Sorry, just thought this was a good time to throw this out there again... I have a lot more besides this summary...
      • 7 Years Ago
      that right wing mouthpiece is actually quoting T boone Pickens TV ad, since when did GMC driving, gas guzzling, no brainers give a damn about wind energy, these people are so morally bankrupt they cant even quote their own leaders on any real issues because their leaders dont do anything about big issues because they ARE the problem, you dont hear these morons talking about how to fix Iraq because their leaders dont want to fix Iraq, and any suggestion to do so they start screaming treason, same goes for the environment, Oil, corporate corruption, no bid contracting, the exploding national debt, the health care crisis, gutted and demoralized govt services (FEMA, the judiciary etc), these problems have all been created by Republican contributors who pay the republican administration and legislature to make sure nothing gets done or changes so they can keep raking in billions and billions and billions of dollars doing business as usual, which by the way usually includes your precious tax dollars, while most Americans are left nothing but a broken economy and a destroyed and dying environment. If you cant see that going on all around you, your blind, ignorant, backwards and probably part of the problem.
      • 7 Years Ago
      face>palm, shake head in disbelief...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do you assume I am a Republican or even an American for tht matter? My only point is regardless of reason it is good that people are looking for fuel efficiant cars. Thats it. I dont see ABG as a political site, it is just a place that people can see and discuss new fuel efficant/alternative fuel/EV vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when does Big Oil profit from Service Stations when they're not selling oil or fuel? When you buy a bag of BBQ chips at Esso, is Big Oil getting paid? The answer is no. If anything, your local Electricity supplier makes money when you fill you tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you heard it, you would know it was a joke. Evidently, the real joke continues to be ABG's pathetically biased and fingernail-deep analysis.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll agree with anybody on valid environmental conservation issues, but big oil/GOP apologists are so part of the problem that they don't have any place at the table, I never said republicans weren't cheap as hobos, see how they bury the country in debt while dodging their taxes! start oil wars with no intention of paying for them, borrow money from China to pay for oil from S.Arabia, all the while making cars bigger and dumber, you guys just don't have a leg to stand on, about anything, plus we all know what your going to say anyway, that's why change is so important to most Americans now, I know you can't overcome your brainwashing but at least look at the mess you've made, have some shame
        • 7 Months Ago
        You'll agree with anyone that agrees with you -- and nobody else, ever.

        If big oil and the Republican party combined tomorrow and introduced free Hydrogen made from solar power in space to everyone on Earth, you would be opposed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really? Really?

      First it still doesn't compare to the inflate nonsense Obama said and secondly, maybe if you wrote what was said after....

      I am just saying, maybe this site is starting to look like a leftist envio website, hmmm?

      So when will we be able to donate to moveon.org and obama from this site?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do you have what was said after? I'd really like to know. I searched youtube, and I can't find anything more.

        You can say tire inflation doesn't fix the foreign oil problem all you want, but drilling offshore isn't going to fix it either. We'd save more oil inflating our tires than we would get by drilling. So if inflating is ridiculous, drilling is even more so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a little disappointed that AGB is now posting stuff from thinkprogress. They themselves say they are dedicated to promoting "progressive" ideas, attacking the "Radical Right-Wing Agenda," and supporting the left wing of the Democratic Party
      I came here to look into ways to do things better Hoping this was more of a real world problem solving site. Not a another "push" site for the leftwing of the Democratic party like Digg has become. Please stick to real world solutions for the fuel problems and don't become another propaganda site for the far left
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think the point Obama was trying to make in his tire inflation statement was not how much inflation and tuning would help, but how LITTLE offshore drilling would help if we don't change out consumption (our worldwide consumption continues to outpace new oil discovered, regardless of drilling. period.)
        Either way, reading through these comments has led me to the conclusion that ABG should stick to what it does best, and not get into politics....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Automotive journalists have been telling us to properly inflate our tires, or even over-inflate by 5psi, to help save gas for as long as I can remember. But when Obama says it he's a fool? Get a grip.

      Think of it this way, not keeping your tires at the required pressure will cause you to burn more gas. Well who's helping Big Oil? The guy who spends 50c to a dollar to fill his tires, or the guy who burns an extra $10 in fuel a week? He's still an idiot pulling arguments out of his arse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that conservation is the best way to impact prices immediately, but the comment were meant to show how ridiculous Obama's claim is that "we can save as much oil by inflating tires as we can by drilling". That's a stupid comment.

      I know these Limo Liberals usually leave car maintenance up to the servants, but most Americans don't drive around with all 4 tires under inflated.

      We need to pursue ALL viable energy options.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're perfectly free to disagree with the DOE and EPA on how much oil is wasted from people driving on underinflated tires all you want. And, FYI, the wealthy overwhelmingly vote Republican.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Conservation is a wonderful personal choice. It’s not a choice that is available to our government, but rather, only to individuals. I’m looking for larger solutions to our problem than this – things that can only be done by the government. This would include steps like permitting more alternative power plants, subsidizing alternative fuels, allowing more oil production, requiring hire mileage. Heck – I would give him a pass if he said that he would require and mandate tire inflation and then had a plan to enforce, but he didn’t and of course he couldn’t.

        Instead, Obama said “it’s your problem, put some air in your tires, because I wont allow drilling on the OCS.” But now, weeks later, he will allow drilling on the OCS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm glad I'm not the only one pointing out the ridiculousness of this post from "Sebastian Blanco" as it doesn't take much to see someone yammering on about some irrelevant Republican joke and then has the audacity to quote the extremists on dKos as a source of unbiased information, and think critical readers would be too overwhelmed by his prose to instantly see that the author is nothing more then a political hack.

      Woodenbee I thought you were trying to be sarcastic when I read "if your not a fan of Obama and greenpeace and all the other liberal/environmental leaders and thinkers then you have no valid reason to criticize or comment on Autobloggreen" and then I realized you were actually serious!

      Both of you are a discredit to this website. Leave your leftist partisanship to other blogs, this site is about greening up cars.
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