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. Nadine

    Yeah John, whatever.

    June 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Obama08

    lol.. McCain is truly sad… On one hand he opens up the drilling in eco-sensitive areas and then on the other hand he set energy standards.

    What sense does it make? Ny the time the new old comes to marked the oil consumption would have been reduced to a point where we don't need that oil.

    Typical Bush/McCain tactics.. play both sides of the coin, hoping Americans are too stupid to understand what's going on.

    I guess people who can vote for McCain are the people who don't really know what's going on, so they will eat this up.

    vote with Love of America, Vote Obama.

    June 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Jonathan

    Can we stop with the McNames already???

    June 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. xddy4u

    President Carter tried to curve the Government spending on basic things. No big time parties, no Limos, no extravagant travels. The out come? His own DEM party turned on him. No one wanted to work with him, DEM or GOP. If President Reagon had continued the Ethonol program that Carter started in 1978, We would be almost thirty years into that technology. Farmers would be growing the necessary corn, and our dependency on foriegn oil would be something of the past. This time a GOP want to try this stragety. Good Luck McCain. I'm still an Obama man.

    June 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. We dont need you

    We still got the HRC supporters that wanna vote for McLame, well go ahead we don't need you, come to think of it we don't want you flip flopper's. Take a long look at the pols they will stay in Obama's favor.

    We will win and I mean win big...

    Obama 2008

    June 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. IndyPendy

    I was a McCain supporter, but now I'm for BOB BARR!!!

    Thanks for showing me the way, Lou Dobbs!!


    June 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. lizfor hillary clinton

    okay i am so tired of people saying that we are prejudice just because we do not LIKE barack Obama...c'mon its his policies..he does not have any...and is making them along the WAY....GEEZ

    June 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. TJ Johnson

    Good idea. Start with base police cars that have nothing to do but ride around parking lots everyday trying to see who left their car unlocked.

    June 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Ben - Portland

    Before you all think McCain's gone green, you should look at who's giving him advice on energy issues:

    James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defnese, former director of the CIA, and currently involved with an agency to modernize the military.

    Bud McFarlane, National Security Advisor under Reagan; he was indicted and then pardoned by the Gipper for his involvement in Iran-Contra (where the CIA sold arms to Iranians).

    James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, and profiteer of the Iraq war, according to the New America foundation.

    What’s weird about his energy advisors is that they’re all military men, in some form or fashion, with ties to the CIA. Does anybody think that’s suspicious? Shouldn’t energy advisors come from the energy sector? Shouldn’t they all have PHDs or some sort of scientific background? I understand that securing our future energy sources translates directly to security for the nation, but this is just odd.

    June 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. M.K. Ozman

    What a promising example to set. Mr. McCain is already hostage to the oil industry which is the mainstay of his party. He has their interests above the interests of the American people...

    June 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. P, CA

    Former Hillary supporter for Obama = The Good
    I'm staying home and not voting = The Bad
    Former Hillary supporter for McCain = The Ugly

    So, who'll be Eli Wallach and who'll be Lee van Cleef? Doesn't matter, we Clint Eastwoods'll win in the end anyway!

    June 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Glenn

    So typical of McCain! He is so short sighted. He recommends programs or policies that on the surface appeal to voters who are desperately looking for the near economic collapse and energy crisis caused by Bush. It's like his gas tax holiday. He speaks without thinking things all the way through. McCain who supported Bush the last eight years and has essentially promoted the continuation of the Bush policies. McCain lacks vision and the leadership claiber needed to solve the problems of eights years of GOP control. He wants to play up his military experience and his hero status as making him a shoo in for Commander-in-Chief. Unfortunately for many reasons, such as his age and lack of vision just to name a few, his so-called military experiences and hero status simply do not equate as what is needed in either the Commander-in- Chief or the President. A McCain victory equates with the status quo of Bush's eight years.

    June 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. jr

    At least McCain is willing to go out on a limb and discuss specific issues or plans related to energy policy. Obama, on the other hand has only waxed poetic on energy issues. He has yet to provide specifics other then taxing the energy providers to their knees.

    If you think the energy situation is bad now, vote Obama into office and you'll consider $4.00 a gallon gasoline as the good old days.

    June 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Peter E

    There are a million and one more things that government needs to set an example in... but it's a good start...

    June 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Justmyopinion2008

    I wonder where Sen. McCain thinks all those funds for all he is proposals will come from while USA is spending over 12 billion dollars monthly in the war base on lies in Iraq? Setting up infrastructure for off-shore drilling doesn't come cheap. Sen. McCain is like trying to speed and breaking the same time (Flip Flopping)! If one is serious on going over to more enviormental source of energy, one should encourage just that and not encourage but discourage further usage of crude oil by investing on new infrastructure. You normally invest where you wish/hope to get return on investment! This is a clear indication of Sen. McCain's and his group have problem with understanding realities of business and economics. Yet they aspire to run the world's largest economy? What a joke!

    June 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    We are now living with the example of this administration's energy policy. Like the fox guarding the hen house.....energy policy made by energy companies....anyone who thinks McCain will be different need look no further than those he has advising him now, during the campaign, on energy policy.....energy boys....McCain will change nothing and most likely make it worse....for us, not him....he will profit from our misery just like bush is now.

    June 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. SUE, Michigan

    I have yet to hear one politician utter the magic word :CONSERVE! What is wrong with asking the American people to take fewer trips, reduce the highway speed limit as we did in the 70's, buy smaller cars...this could have all been avoided had not the auto makers decided that fuel was cheap, therefore buyers would like Hummers, trucks that don't fit into parking spaces, and other gas hogs. Now Detroit whines that no one is buying these behemoths (duh!) and they just can't make enough small cars. Oh, I forgot-we're supposed to buy, shop, and spend money to on goods from China, using foreign oil. Well, guess who's getting rich? Not us. Our home prices are plummeting, gas is getting beyond the reach of many folks, and milk costs more than $4/ gallon as well. So we can either get smart on our own, or wait 10 years for the government to come up with a plan. I vote for riding my bike everywhere I can.
    And I doubt either candidate can do much about it. Until this Presidency, the President had to work with Congress to get things done. I expect that will happen again next year.

    June 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Corney solutions

    We have to be open to all Energy Alternatives that's why they call it Alternative, EXCEPT programs have a negative energy output.

    It takes over 130 barrels of oil to produce ethanol equal to only 100 barrels of oil. We loose 30 to 40% making ethanol from corn, we loose food, we loose money, we loose our country to the oil barrons and Bush tax cuts.

    June 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. oil rules

    Tell that to Al Gore, he is setting a great example with his $20,000+ a month electric bill. Oh yeah, I forgot, he is a total hypocrite.

    June 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Multi prong

    No reason why we shouldn't move froward with every efficient idea.

    We have to both increase US oil production on shore and off shore while developing new technogies and resources. Everything takes too much time EXCEPT eliminating the Enron-like energy bubble comming from commodies margin buying and price auction mania.
    Manic is followed by Depresion every time.

    June 24, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Vote Nader

    bill for barack June 24th, 2008 1:21 pm ET

    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 ??????????


    Wow, you managed to contradict yourself one line later. Or are you suggesting Carter = Bush?


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. saga for Obama

    first he is going to give away 300 mill dollars now he is going to change the vehicles
    "From now on, we're going to make those civilian vehicles flex-fuel capable, plug-in hybrid or cars fueled by clean natural gas." J.M.

    i am sorry but doesnt his " experience" let him know that here in the US there is a process to do things and change or implement laws. i mean really, just because you say you want something John doesn't make it happen no matter how good...or BAD ( in many of your choices, or flip flops its getting harder to tell) the idea may be.

    you think he would have learned that with all the trouble Bush is getting into now. i say John speed dial your good friend George W. ask his what he would do then do the opposite.

    June 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Rob indetroit

    who's idea did mccain steal

    June 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    How about you Know Nothing Dems sit back and wait for The word from God, I mean Obama when he gives his plans and policies...wait he doesn't have any, so I guess you all are voting for nothing.

    Obama is the one full of lies. Lets see he's saying that drilling for oil will not have an impact for several years...ya McCain never said it was a solution that will show a return tomorrow....it's part of a long term solution. It's a small part. but a part. Making the government go a little greener, isn't a big part of the solution but it's a part. Putting money into alt energy is part, there are lots of parts. The key is putting all the parts into play...That's McCain's answer. What's Obama's answer....there isn't one.

    June 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    LB, why does the covernment need 60,000 cars....these include all types of cars and trucks...the government has millions of cars and trucks, as the get old and need replaced they replace them...it's a normal cost of doing busines.

    June 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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