In addition to stubbornly clinging to his original error, Obama describes those who rightly think it is absurd to assert the idea that inflating tires can equal the energy flowing from new production from the outer continental shelf as “tak[ing] pride in being ignorant.”
Tapper tracked down one of the “energy experts” Obama challenged his critics to find, Frank Verrastro at CSIS, who told Tapper:
“So the production offset [from inflating tires] is more likely to approach 800 thousand barrels per day-a tidy sum and a worthwhile target for savings, but not equal to OCS output,” he rules. “Finally, without knowing what production volumes could be expected from lifting the ban on OCS drilling moratoria, it’s impossible to assert that taking these fuel savings actions would exceed future offshore oil volumes, and in fact, one might argue that the combination of achieving these savings AND developing new supply would doubly enhance US energy security.”
The fact that Obama feels the need to cling to an absurd position in the face of the overwhelming rejection of his facts is disquieting. You can stick to unpopular policies because you believe they are correct and will ultimately bring important results, as President Bush has done in Iraq.
But you cannot stick to made up facts and not prompt serious questions about judgment.