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. Carmen Colorado

    Dobson, McCain, Bush, Cheney all are the SAME. Morons, Constitution = separation of Church and State.

    June 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Nice try McCain. I rather see the mileage of cars, trucks, and SUVs go up.

    Having flex-fuel fleets of government cars is a small step in the right direction. However, there are over 70 million cars (that are running consistently) in the U.S. McCain's proposal would amount to less than 0.1% of all U.S. cars being flex-fuel capable.

    June 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Justice League

    Yet another stupid idea from shell-shocked McCain. Why not improve our public transportation system? More buses and rails. Why not encouraging car-pooling more? McCain's idea is as insane as his battery proposal. It's time to stop thinking like McCain, America. Vote for Obama. Real solutions to real problems.

    June 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. judy, Wisconsin

    It's amazing how fast he adopted a "liberal" position on energy when he thinks it will help him get elected. This guy blows in the wind!

    June 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. lil

    Thats mccain for you,say anything to win, with is phoney grin.
    (as he looks down on us) and speak to us as if we are a bunch of
    dummies.

    June 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Veteran in Kansas

    Set the example, purchase high cost vehicles that the common man can not afford to purchase, pardon me, lease experimental vehicles that are not for sale, but lease only, that the common man can not afford to lease, and pay for the energy saving vehicles by adding them to the natioanl debt. Why, not. Sounds like a sound plan.

    June 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Bishop

    FAKE Democrat Debra Bartoshevich is a sellout, by the way. She should think long and hard on Mr. McCain's stances on WOMENS RIGHTS...SELLOUT!!!

    June 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Tre

    John McCnn said he didn't really love America,and cnn hasn't even reported on it. Your becoming just like fixed news.

    June 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Good for John. He has the experience and necessary intelligence to be our president. Now here is the other candidate:

    Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not much. From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

    After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days - I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.

    In contrast, John McCain's 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military service including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride.

    June 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The dems have set a great example with light bulbs that are hazardous waste (mercury), driving big gas hogs for their work vehicles (they should be chauffered in Yaris vehicles), ethenol requirements raised so food prices go up atleast $47 per person and probably more. Cannot drill, build more refineries, must get higher cafe standards but have to load the vehicle with all this extra safety and emmissions equipment so it does not have the power to pull my grandson's little red wagon and is a rolling coffin! Wake up America before you destroy our economy for our children and grandchildren.

    June 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Jon

    Woohoo lets talk about the environment then go home. Wait..theres 8 which one???

    June 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Brigit

    The ageism expressed on this site and directed at John McCain is appalling and speaks volumes about Obama's sophomoric supporters. Keep it up guys. You just may lose it for Obama come November!

    June 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. It's a done deal

    If McCain really cares about the environment, claiming he is an "environmentalist", he should step aside and let Obama lead the way, since we know the strongest party on the environment is clearly the Dems. Do the right thing McCain, vote for Obama like everyone else.

    June 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Get Real

    For all you "Obama Sheep" How come when someone besides Hussein comes up with an idea you blast it. All Hussein ever says is he has a comprehensive energy plan and leaves it at that.

    You empty suit has no ideas just words......

    Hussein Speech "My little sheep I am going to put forth a comprehensive energy plan from now on so our grand children will be oil free" And the little sheep yell he is awesome, look at that change, we love you, what ever you say, your the best.

    You all need to get a grip

    June 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. The Truth

    In this time we are living where the curse of fossil fuel dependence is strangling our economy why can't you haters at least see this as a positive.

    I get the limo, private jet and other ways we can point to the hipocracy of a politician. But really, be honest, this idea in it's simple form is a step (one of many needed) in the right direction.

    Haters, you need to find something else to spit your venom on.

    June 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Confused

    Im confused I thought the republican party was for smaller government involvement in our lives. Also, thought republicans didnt care about our environment, they want to drill in ANWAR and believe global warming is a hoax. I'm very confused. Someone help me understand this please.

    June 24, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    Do we have a hybrid Stealth Bomber?

    June 24, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Make sure there is a McCain car with an easy-lift seat mechanism so he doesn't keep hitting his head.

    June 24, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Jim in Atlanta

    Unlike Obama, McCain is a man who puts his money where his mouth is. This is a great symobolic approach to start with. Now try telling me McCain is another Bush term. It may make a good campaign slogan, but it's not grounded in truth.

    McCain 08', Hilary 12'

    June 24, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. sonny c.

    Sen. Mac, does that include the largest fuel -burning entity on this planet, the United States Military ?

    June 24, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Internet Argument Winner

    Our military today consumes more than 50 million gallons of fuel EACH MONTH. Food for thought.

    June 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. David from Ohio

    Where was McCain on the importance of energy conservation ten or twenty years ago? Did he propose upping mileage standards for cars in the 1980's or 1990"s? 2000's? Empty talk from an empty campaign.

    June 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    Dear angry/bitter/racist Clinton supporters. Please do us all a favor and vote for McCain. After 4 years of higher low/middle income taxes, gas prices, continued war, foreclosures and outsourcing, many of you will either be dead or homeless. Then, maybe we can resume having a political system that is not subverted by the likes of you.

    June 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Mia

    Poor John, he's trying so hard to stay relevant.

    June 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Fawn

    He has been in Washington long enoug to had started this process before now.

    June 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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