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Op-Ed: Never Lampoon a Man Who’s Right and Becomes President

By Sandy Sand     Mar 27, 2009 in Environment
Full of hot air and mocking then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, Republicans suggested that proper tire inflation would save gasoline and should be part of conservation efforts. They were once again proven wrong.
Their short-lived absurd gusts of wind ended when then-candidate and loser Sen. John McCain agreed. It's hard to imagine where Republicans come up with this stuff except for pulling it out of their nether regions, because for years groups, such as Triple A have been making the same recommendations.
Maybe it's their over-inflated egos to compensate for their under-inflated ability to tell the truth.
Taking their cue from Obama, California’s state Air Resources Board adopted a resolution yesterday, mandating proper tire inflation as a way to reduce fuel consumption.
Auto repair shops will be required to check tire pressure on all vehicles brought in for repairs, oil changes or smog checks.
According to the Associated Press:
The next step is to develop detailed rules to implement the mandate, which will take effect in July 2010. Regulators say widespread awareness of having properly inflated tires could lead to California motorists saving 75 million gallons of gasoline a year and using 700,000 fewer tires.
Besides minimizing fuel waste, improperly inflated tires can lead to dangerous blowouts. State regulators estimate that more than half of California’s 30 million registered passenger vehicles have severely or moderately under inflated tires.
The tire inflation regulation is the first of nine steps California is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third, or the equivalent of 1990 levels by the year 2020.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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