July 31, 2008
Ending the inflationary cycle
I have been so engaged in the move (truly the most harrowing one of my life) that I have barely been able to keep abreast of news developments, much less blog about them.
But that did not mean that I missed Barack Obama's fascinating assertion about tire inflation.
"we could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires."While it's being ignored by the MSM, I'm not ignoring it here -- despite the pressures of the most difficult move in the history of this blog!
As it happens, I care very much about inflation. Especially tire inflation. My 1964 Ranchero (which I have taken back from aggressive WASPS) has had a serious inflation problem, and I have had to repeatedly put air in the tires to prevent the recurrence of slow leaks:
But that compressor draws plenty of juice, and it seemed to me that if I kept filling my tires that way, the electricity required to pump the air into them might cut into whatever offset the country would get from having them properly inflated, and it might not make up for the oil the Republicans are talking about drilling.
So, based on the principle of THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY, I finally decided to do something to really address the problem. My tires are old, and suffer from slow leaks which aren't readily fixed. And with all the talk about inflation, I figured that replacing the bad tires might do more to save the planet from Republican drilling than would my continued (ultimately Sisyphean) cycles of inflation, and reinflation.
So it was off to the Hub Tire Center for new tires.
In this video I explain in full:
As you can see, it is not cheap to buy tires. I don't mean to nit-pick, but I wonder whether anyone has worked out the economics of whether it would have been cheaper to just keep putting air into them.
I don't know how much oil drilling I offset today, but I think I can truthfully state that I have slowed the inflation rate.
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and a warm welcome to all!
posted by Eric on 07.31.08 at 11:56 PM
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