June 26, 2008
John McCain has promised to make the federal government more environmentally-friendly. In a speech in Santa Barbara, Cali., McCain promised to “put the purchasing power of the United States Government on the side of green technology” by buying fuel-efficient vehicles for its civilian fleet of cars and trucks and by retrofitting federal office space.
Barack Obama has already said he would make all federal buildings 40 percent more efficient than current ones within five years and carbon neutral by 2025.
None of this will matter because energy use is expected to increase substantially around the world in coming years.
But if these guys really want to go green with the federal government, here’s an idea: cut the size and cost of government. There are too many people holding too many useless jobs and spending too much of our money. Cut jobs, cut agencies, eliminate waste, fraud and abuse and we’ll have more green in our pockets.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.