Tapper Watch

It’s been a while, but Jakey’s back. Hilzoy has the goods:

ABC’s Jake Tapper has consulted the Director of CSIS, who estimates that inflating tires and getting tuneups could save around 800,000 barrels of oil a day. For some reason, he compares this to current output from offshore drilling, not to the projected gains from lifting restrictions on offshore drilling. Luckily, the government’s Energy Information Administration has estimates on the effects of lifting those restrictions: it would raise domestic oil production by 1.6% over the years 2012-2030, and by 3% in 2030. Doing the math using their figures, the highest level of additional oil that lifting offshore drilling would produce would be a little over 200,000 barrels per day (in 2025-2028.)

Last time I checked, 800,000 was greater than 200,000. Moreover, we could achieve those gains now, while lifting the limits on offshore drilling wouldn’t produce any new oil for a decade.

In short, he’s once again been tripped up by not knowing much about policy. Unless you don’t want to give him the benefit of the doubt, in which case he knew exactly what he was doing, and intentionally misrepresented the comparison.