Friday, November 16, 2007

Funny Math

Sorry I found this after the last post, and I couldn't help but mention it.

On the main website for "Who Killed the Electric Car" (http://www.sonyclassics.com/whokilledtheelectriccar/electric.html) they list some "facts":

Fact 8: "The United States consumes almost 9 millions barrels of gasoline daily ..."
Fact 9: "If everyone purchased on of the four most efficient models in each vehicle class, fuel economy would be 12% higher and Americans could save 13.1 billion gallons of gasoline annually"

So lets add those up. Everyone buys a nice car, and together we save 13.1 billion gallons of gas, or 13,100 million gallons of gas every year.

Daily that would be a reduction of 13,100/365 or 35.9 million. How can we save 35.9 million daily if we're only spending 9 million daily?

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3 Comments:

At November 17, 2007 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Vecchiocane said...

You should never check the math of news reports if you want to retain any confidence whatsoever that you are not being lied to constantly by the media.

 
At November 30, 2007 at 6:25 AM , Blogger Evenspor said...

Way to go, Kabaju. I love it when you can show that "facts" like that were actually just random numbers pulled out of the air.

Nice blog, btw. Looking forward to reading more from you. Good luck with your new house.

 
At December 23, 2007 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Egenmay said...

Oi. I also love studies where they only study one person. (Usually it's around 20 though. How can you base a fact for millions of people on results from only 20! N=20!

 

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