Oblivion Nation (Gossip, Gas, and Afghanistan)

During the week of May 17, Paris Hilton was playing high-stakes poker in Cannes with her new boyfriend forever Doug Reinhardt, who formerly knocked boots with Amanda Bynes and escorted Lauren Conrad to the prom, in their pre-celeb pre-history.

In Washington a Democratic President announced plans to regulate the automobile industry only a few months after the automobile industry went bankrupt, and after only seven years of a bloody occupation, the Pentagon finally acknowledged that "the United States cannot succeed in Afghanistan if the American military keeps killing Afghan civilians."  

I guess you could call it progress, for the oblivion nation.


Mr. Obama wants to push up the effective date of the 35 mile a gallon fuel economy standard former Pres. Bush approved in the 2007 energy bill, from 2020 to 2016.

Administration officials say a 30% reduction would eliminate 900 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and they say a 30% increase in fuel economy would reduce our oil imports by 1.8 billion barrels, between 2016 and 2020. That's the equivalent, they say, all the oil imported during a year, from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya and Syria. It's also the equivalent of taking 58 million cars off the road for an entire year.

Since there are 250 million cars on the road in the USA, "the equivalent of taking 58 million cars off the road for an entire year" over the 4 year period between 2016 and 2020 would reduce emissions by (58/250)/4)... for a total reduction of 6% of emissions from cars, between 2016 and 2020.

So it's fair to say that Obama is 6% better than Bush on the issue of automobile emissions.

But that's only between 2016 and 2020, and after 2020, the Bush plan to reduce automobile emissions and the Obama plan to reduce automobile emissions are exactly the same!

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