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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  1. Proud American

    Ha! Too little too late McCain. You've had 20 years to propose something and you did nothing. We want real "Change"!!
    Lets Go Dems!!!

    June 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. jill

    First – old doesn't mean stupid! Second, it means EXPERIENCE and third, McCain is savvy to the ways of Washington. Savvy does not mean he agrees with everything they do--it means he knows HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. Obama – "that fresh new face" does NOT have experience, does not know how to get things done. His ideas are hazy and rhetorical. Doesn't get anything done just sounds good.

    June 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Cathy in MD

    That's nice. Obama '08.

    June 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Oh Happy Day

    The wolves (lobbyist) are getting scared. They know that their days on Capitol Hill are numbered. They realize that they will NEVER write another bill for Congress that caters to their own selfish needs.

    Barack did the right thing. He left Congress before he could get tainted by the wolves. He will go back to DC the victor and sweep the halls of impropriety with the will of the people.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Debra Austin, Texas

    Does McCain remember what his policies are this week? Probably not which is why next week, get a whole new set of policies to 'be for'. McFlip at his best. Maybe he can be a host on a game show and get our money for health care as well. Dynamic and creative proposals McFlip.

    June 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Patrick Henry

    The ignorance of Americans–who can't even comprehend the scope and size of the U.S. government–including federal agencies and the military departments. 60,000 vehicles purchased or leased is a drop in the bucket–and doesn't even include thinks like tanks and hummers.

    Aside from the utter stupidity of some of these posts. What practical details has Mr. B. Hussein Obama provided on how he will begin to reduce greenhouse gases–beginning with something the President can actually make an executive order for?

    I know=–he'll issue an executive order that all American's have hope.!! Where are the details????????????Mr. Obama?????

    June 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Dan

    If you keep up the eco-friendly pledges, Sen McCain, I might just have to reevaluate my support for Sen. Obama.

    June 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Matt

    Good Job, President McCain!

    You prove once again to be in touch with the issues that America faces.

    Real Solutions for Real Problems.

    Change we can afford!

    McCain '08!!

    June 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Phil, FL

    Proud Hybrid Owner here. I'm not waiting for a wasteful govenment to let me keep my money.

    June 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Ian

    ....what about your wife's company jet that you use?

    June 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Take It Back

    I'm so proud of my America I can't stand it. We will not only take this country back, but we will send the buzzards flying in all directions. The first buzzard will flying back to Crawford, Texas.

    June 24, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    LB, EXCELLENT point! my car's 14 years old and runs GREAT!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    McSame pandering?

    nooooo, it couldn't be

    don't be fooled by this guy, he left his centrism in South Carolina back in 2000.

    He's as eveil as every other Republican (except Chuck Hagel)

    June 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    why is john mccain copying off obama all of a sudden is it because he knows obamas policies are right and his own are a disater too late mcsame stop copying off obama we all know what your about

    June 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes makes sense McSame but you are really a Bush/Cheney loyalist at heart trying to appear as a progressive with this and the prize for a new battery.

    There is no consistancy with his energy and environmental policy. He says this, then flip-flops on drilling oil along the coasts. First was against removing the coastal ban...now he is for ocean drilling. So obviously he caved into the same Big Oil lobbyists that dominated the White House the last 8 years.

    June 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Jason

    Where is Baracks plan? All I here is rhetoric no solution at least McCain is offering solutions. Higher taxes to everyone including businesses that have nothing to do with energy. Left lunatics keep saying it will take ten years to come on line but in ten years and won't change price we will still need oil so why not have more of it produced by us for us. That is the dumbest argument we can have renewable investment and domestic oil investment at the same time. Anyone who still backs or is backed by corn based ethanol is an idiot look what it does to corn prices and food prices and it is 4 times less efficient than sugar cane based ethonal. Quit putting all your eggs in the wrong baskets and solve the problems with multiple solutions.

    June 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    what does PUMA mean? obviously by the idiots posting it i can tell it's some dumb operation chaos type thing.

    June 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Frequent Flyer NYC

    Hey Nicole and Chad your starting to sound like Michelle Obama...haha Just Kidding.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. barbara

    McCain is suddenly posturing as if he's the new environment czar. So why did he receive a zero rating from the League of Conservation Voters for 2007?

    June 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. EPOP

    An adviser to Sen. John McCain apologized Monday for saying a terrorist attack on the United States would be "a big advantage" for the Republican presidential candidate. WE NEED TO JOIN AND STOP MCCAIN BEFORE WE HAVE ANOTHER 911!

    June 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Al, NY NY

    This policy should have been implemented as soon as fuel-efficient cars were on the market

    June 24, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. georgie

    Thank you John McCain for being a man. All you Obama supporters who find fault with this will regret it if Obama becomes prestdent. Thats if we have a country left after a year of him.

    June 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. sacto joe

    The ENERGY crisis is being purposefully confused with the GAS PRICE crisis. The two are only related in that the failure of the Bush administration to address the ENERGY crisis created the GAS PRICE crisis.

    Solving the immediate problem of high gas prices is simple: SLOW DOWN!!!

    I pumped up my tires, and slowed to 55 mph. I now go 50% farther on a tank of gas.

    WE NEED THE 55 MPH SPEED LIMIT BACK!

    THIS IS A NO-BRAINER!!!

    June 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Bishop

    Drill more, spend more, give more money to the wealthy by holding a "contest", people talking about more terror attacks, cheep shots on foreign soil, hanging out in the Bushs...geez...

    June 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Kevin

    I don't believe this, the guy says something sensible and positive at a time of national energy crisis and all he gets is a load of "No we can't".

    June 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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