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Predictably, Obama hit back calling McCain’s mockery “ignorant,” arguing his plans were being misrepresented and saying that experts backed his call over tire pressure. Equally predictably, McCain’s camp hit back.
The surprise came during a telephone town hall meeting McCain held on Tuesday with voters in Pennsylvania.
“Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,” McCain said.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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AAA straightened out this candidate for POTUS? Who does he have advising him? Not voting for Obama, but this McCain clown looks like he has no clue about what's going on. Does he even put air in tires anymore? Not saying Obama does, but I bet he can remember the last day he did. And Obama's supposed to be the out-of-touch elitist?
I'm so sick of that crap. I want the next president to be smarter, more educated, more worldly than me. I don't care. Call that "elite", but I know I wouldn't be able to handle the job. Look what we got the last time we elected a "folksy" idiot.
Last edited by wistahpatsfan; 08-07-2008 at 08:40 AM..
McCain is in favor of "everything" - no reason that wouldn't include taking care of your car. Obama is in favor of taking care of your car and daydreams about windmills.
I know you don't believe that. But that's cool. I don't think either of these guys knows what to do. I still haven't seen a coherent plan from either one about a comprehensive energy plan. Of all the issues we are faced with, you would think one of them would take a week off and develop a detailed, publishable plan that we could all look at. I don't think either one of them have the political nuts to try that. That's become the most important issue to me because it is the framework within which all of the other issues are connected...the occupation, the economy, the environment....I realize I'm asking a lot of these clods, but I'm tired of soundbites and political jabs determining the future of our country and the world.
Of course I was exaggerating. But Obama doesn't seem to have any plan other than taxing oil companies, hoping other countries will work with us and hoping we can develop alternatives. We can develop alternatives all we want - great - but we need to get our natural resources out of the ground in the meantime; something that Obama is still against even though the media thinks he changed his mind.
They won't. And not because of "the old politics," or whatever. Currently, alternative sources -- wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal -- provide less than 7% of yearly domestic consumption. Throw out hydro and geothermal, and it's only 4%. For the foreseeable future, renewables simply cannot provide the scale and volume of energy needed to meet growing U.S. demand, which is expected to increase by 20% over the next two decades. Even with colossal taxpayer subsidies, renewables probably can't even slow the rate of growth of carbon-based fuel consumption, much less replace it.
Take wind power, which has grown rapidly though still only provides about two-thirds of 1% of all U.S. electricity. The Energy Department optimistically calculates that ramping up merely to 20% by 2030 would require more than $2 trillion and turbines across the Midwest "wind corridor," plus multiple offshore installations. And we'll need a new "transmission superhighway system" of more than 12,000 miles of electric lines to connect the wind system to population centers. A mere $150 billion won't cut it. Mr. Obama also didn't mention that this wind power will be more expensive than traditional sources like coal.
Wind, too, is intermittent: It isn't always blowing and can't be accessed on demand when people need electricity. Since there's no cost-effective way to store large amounts of electricity, wind requires "spinning reserve," or nonalternative baseload power to avoid blackouts. That baseload power is now provided largely by coal, nuclear and natural gas, and wind can't displace much. The same problem afflicts solar energy -- now one-hundredth of 1% of net U.S. electric generation. One of the top uses of solar panels is to heat residential swimming pools.
Mr. Obama also says he wants to mandate that all new cars and trucks are "flexible fuel" vehicles, meaning that they can run on higher concentrations of corn ethanol mixed with gasoline, or second-generation biofuels if those ever come onto the market. Like wind and solar, this would present major land use problems: According to credible estimates, land areas larger than the size of Texas would need to be planted with fuel feedstocks to displace just half the oil America imports every day. Meanwhile, the economic distortions caused by corn ethanol -- such as higher food prices -- have been bad enough.
At the link a lot of specifics about energy requirements and what would be involved in supplying the need with "alternatives".
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."