June 24th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain wants government to set energy example

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/24/campaign.wrap/art.mccain.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain is pushing energy efficiency and conservation on the campaign trail."](CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Tuesday told voters that energy efficiency "should begin at home" and proposed that the federal government purchase more environmentally friendly vehicles.

"Every year the federal government buys upwards of 60,000 cars and other vehicles, not including military or law-enforcement vehicles," McCain said.

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"From now on, we're going to make those civilian vehicles flex-fuel capable, plug-in hybrid or cars fueled by clean natural gas. If our great goal is to move American transportation toward lower carbon emissions, then it should start with the federal fleet."

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  1. Caldy

    And since when did we need the big hand of government to help out with this John? I thought it was the private sector and not the role of government to solve the energy crisis?

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Ed

    Obama, as usual, can only make platitudes about spending money on this and that while McCain actually has specific proposals for dealing with our energy crisis on both the short- and long-term bases. Indeed, having a government fleet of flex-fuel and electric cars alone will not solve our energy crisis. But above anything else, it is a symbol of the government's willingness to lead by example and, if successful, will spur on more innovation by the entrepeneurs who will pull out the stops to discover and patent new green technology. McCain has been around long enough to know what works and doesn't work, so it is pretty pathetic to hear someone with NO experience, like Obama, to speak with such bluster and authority, when in reality he hasn't the foggiest idea of what to do.

    June 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Haloalani

    His statements might be creditable if government officials weren't so blatantly self-serving.

    June 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. bridgette

    Where is he going to get a plug in hybrid. This guy is just making it up as he goes along. It just depends on who's in front of him when he speaks. Do you really believe a man with all those oil lobbyist working for his campaign is working with him to stop their money from coming in. No they have no intention doing anything too change the energy policies.

    June 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Steve

    I have to hand it to McCain. He's looking at this from every angle. Even though his suggestion of battery powered vehicles is not new, at least he's looking. That's a whole lot more than Obama is doing. BO is just trying to make sure he has the female vote. All he's worried about is getting in. He has no plan, he doesn't have a clue on how to run a country, let alone any sense of foreign affairs. We don't need four more years of Clinton antics in the WH. McCain may be old, but at least he's trying to stay current.

    June 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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