June 24th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
14 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.

Watch: McCain unveils his energy plan

"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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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Bill

    The media may be in love with McBush, but America is not. There is no straight talk in the man who only walks in flip flops-even when it comes to his wives. Maybe they are like his country, he only loves them when he is deprived of their company.

    June 24, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    Interesting Idea.... however, we'll have to pay for those cars, and they are higher, and cost more.. than standard gas cars...

    Reality is... unless there is a comprehensive energy plan, that reduces our Nation's dependence on oil... as well as money to invest in alternate fuels, and technologies... nothing will work.

    I think it's a great idea... but McCain will have to do much more than that... and change his attitude towards offshore drilling...

    Drilling oil in this country will NOT make a difference in the coming years.. . and the oil industry needs to start working on alternatives... if they do so, they will continue to be profitable...

    My suggestion... cut all subsidies to the oil industry that have nothing to do with alternative energy research... and give them tax breaks on the alternative fuels... not the oil... that might change their stance...

    June 24, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. ProundToBeRepublican

    Old man flip fopping again what happen to your idea off shore drilling. May be your reason for that is to make the stupid republicans happy ha old man. How can you favour off shore drilling and be enviromentalist at the same time hard to believe, but then the stupid repulican voters would not understand the difference anyways good move old man.

    June 24, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Ms G

    Please God Please!!!
    God oh mighty I do not want to look at this face for 4years.

    June 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Joe - Chicago, IL

    For some reason, this reminds me of when Reagan got elected, and removed the solar panels from the White House roof. I would love to see the Republicans start taking a lead in responsible energy use, or responsible govornment spending for that matter, but their track record has long suggested otherwise.

    June 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Frank

    I guess someone finally told McSame that the solution is to get off of oil, not drill more wells that won't the market for 10 years. McCain is really backward looking. Old solutions that don't work and only help the oil companies, but that's his view of most issues, help the corporations and maybe, just maybe the corporations will help the people, yeah right. As far as the batteries, it just shows he doesn't read too much. GM now has the battery technology, announced about 2 months ago. The Chevy Volt will be on the market in 2010, maybe sooner.

    McCain, get with the times or just stay home.

    June 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Tiffy Brown

    My 26 rims on my Denali look good no matter what yo gas say!


    June 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    Isn't that already a government policy to be energy effecient? McCain is once again trying to take credit for a policy already in place. Quit taking credit for ideas you didn't come with.

    June 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. bill for barack

    This is really cutting edge stuff, ain't it folks ?
    Seems like Jimmy Carter recycled.
    Be bold. Be brave. Be four more years of Bush ??????????

    June 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Pat Riot

    Sounds like a good start...saving the tax payers money.

    June 24, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Nicole in NE

    The problem with our country is they want what they want when they want it. Europeans have adjusted, so can we. AND – help the enviornment! More public transportation and smaller vehicles. The offshore oil will go the national market and will probably just make oil companies richer in the long run.

    My husband & I are starting to ride our bikes to work once a week and to run errands close to home. That will save us almost $90 for 3 – 4 months (while the weather is nice), more than the gas tax holiday would've done.

    People CAN adapt, they CHOSE not to!

    June 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. CW4Barak

    Oh now you want the Gov. to set an example....why didn't you push for that all the eight years you supported the C-grade student Bush. I thought you weren't interested in big gov. and that the people must govern themselves and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps....but you would take our taxpayer dollars to go blow it up in the middle east.....shame on you John McBush!!

    June 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Chris from NY

    He can't be talking about Govt taking the lead on energy when he's advocating for import of sugar cane for alternative fuel renewal. By importing this commodity we are rewarding another country (Brazil). Why can't we make that money go into the hands of the farmers here than the farmers abroad. People of the world will like to see a label MADE IN U.S.A on a different commodity than just ammunitions.

    June 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Scott, Charlotte

    Oil-Man to the teeth. He doesn't care about green energy at all.

    June 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Joe Reed

    $300,000,000 of Pork is an example?

    June 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Im Still Waiting For An Example Of Your Experience Or Leadership!

    June 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. John Q

    Well good for government officials, but what about the rest of us that can't afford to buy 60,000 cars every year?

    Can we borrow one of yours?

    June 24, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. MLG

    McCain/Huckabee 08

    June 24, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Phil, FL

    OK – why not start by down-sizing from a 747 to a smaller plane. That will save a lot .

    And close off some of the rooms in the WH. Not all are needed and at a time when folks can hardly afford to eat, cutting down on heat and a/c and travel expenses for the POTUS will NOT be a hardship.

    June 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    The Government Could Save A Lot Of Energy If They Installed A Wind Turbine In Front Of Your Mouth!

    June 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Loretta from California

    well it's about time. What took you so long to get on board?

    June 24, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Tangy

    Dear "Don't Do It",

    The Clintons threw "some Americans" under the bus first. The very same Americans who supported him for his presidency twice, and stood by him during the Monica Lewinsky fiasco.

    His long time "friends and colleagues" did not expect to be betrayed because they had the audacity to question Hillary's dirty politics tactics.

    We now know that the Clintons couldn't care less about Civil Rights, or Human Rights–it was just their ticket to the White House. If you'd take your head out of the sand, you would realize that Bill and Hill had a pact, to get both of them into the White House by hoodwinking their so called "friends and colleagues". Thank God part of their plan did not work, and to my dying day I will make sure that Hillary never lives in the White House again. They are awful people who don't deserve it.

    June 24, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Phil, FL

    What McMoney didn't mention is the cost to "remodel" all those offices.

    June 24, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Bulldog

    Hey CNN, why don't you expose McCain by siting Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. McCain's great and enlightened suggestion is already an exectutive order. Shows how much McCain knows about how to solve the energy crisis, copycat everyone else's policies and ideas.

    June 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    McCain wants government to set energy example

    Well lets see; McExxon how many oil lobbyist funding your campaign?

    Are you going to set an example?

    Obama 08/12

    June 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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