Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The Raw Story | Hailing Gore a 'committed visionary,' Clinton unveils plan to reduce oil imports by 50%:
QUESTION: During the Carter administration, there was a 55 mile-an-hour speed limit, to which even oil company executives say driving slow would save gas. Would you favor a return to a national speed limit?
CLINTON: Well, there are just some parts of the country where that's just not going to happen, you know, where you've got miles of open, flat road. I would like to call on people to try to exercise as much responsibility as they can, given the temptation and the necessity of those long roads and what it does to you.
But I think there's a different way of looking at this. The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage, and wherever it can be required and that people will accept it, we ought to do it.
But there are other things that we ought to do. At every gas station there ought to be a little sign which says, 'Have you checked to see if your tires are inflated to the right pressure?' If you do that, you also save gas mileage. I mean, there are things that can be done. So maybe the trade-off is, you know, in most of the country, where 55-miles an hour doesn't seem like a burden, we have that; in the rest of the country, inflate your tires before you head off into the sunset. (Laughter.)