7 Sep 11 – “Al Gore recently said something that struck me as absolutely bizarre,” says this article by Robert Rapier.
“Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil.” – Al Gore, Aug. 31, 2011
“These are the sorts of extremist statements that have caused many to tune Al out,” says Rapier. “The fact is that his comment isn’t remotely grounded in reality. I was about to do the calculation for myself, but as I was searching for the source of the quote I found out that someone has already done it:”
A Hummer gets 10 miles per gallon. A Prius gets 50. Gasoline from the oil sands entails roughly 15 percent greater emissions than gasoline made from the average barrel of conventional oil used in the United States. A Hummer using “gasoline made from oil” thus has 4.3 times the impact on climate as a Prius using “gasoline made from the tar sands,” not the same amount. None of these numbers are controversial (well, some in industry would claim that 15 percent is too high). Someone like Gore, who cares passionately about both climate change and scientific seriousness, should not mislead his followers on such a massive difference.
“So Al wasn’t even in the ballpark, but that hasn’t stopped many opponents of the pipeline from regurgitating this quote. And this is exactly the sort of misinformation that distorts our energy policies.”
See entire article entitled “Barack Obama and Fossil Fuels: Reality Starting to Settle In”