Nanny State HHS to Employees: Buy Small Cars

By September 11, 2007Energy

An agencywide e-mail to federal employees telling them to avoid buying SUVs? Not since Tommy G. Thompson hectored his employees to lose weight* has the Department of Health and Human Services so annoyingly played in loco loco parentis. Henry Payne of the Detroit News reports:

Your tax dollars at work. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week sent an email urging its 67,000 employees not to buy SUVs, lecturing that fuel efficiency should be their “top priority” when buying a car.

“Every new sport utility vehicle on the road produces 60 percent more climate threatening CO2 emissions than a smaller vehicle,” said Energy News, a quarterly newsletter from a department that has nothing to do with energy, but everything to do with energy morality apparently.

The News has the full e-mail.

Now, we don’t endorse everything Henry has to say (he has an editorial cartoonist’s sharp tongue, or pen, or keyboard, as the case may be), but wholeheartedly support his objections to a government agency preaching at its employees. And, as one Ford spokewoman said, “We find it puzzling that a government agency such as Health and Human Services is advising its employees on what they should choose as a personal vehicle.”

*Including this blogger, who was also an adult at the time.

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