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  • “We have to do more than just vote”

    By Carole King on

    Friend --

    I'm voting for President Obama, and as a fellow friend of the environment, I hope you'll join me.

    But this year, that alone won't be enough: If we want four more years of a president dedicated to protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, and who is committed to addressing climate change, we have to do more than vote.

    This election is too close -- and there's far too much at stake for the environment. We've only got three more days to make sure our friends and neighbors get to the polls, too, so let's make them count.

    Sign up to knock on doors, make calls, and get out the vote for President Obama.

    I've been fighting for the environment for more than 40 years, and I've never lived through an election so critical to its fate -- not just for the next four years, but for the next 40.

    President Obama has made historic investments in clean energy, helping more than double the amount of electricity we generate from wind and solar, and he has set a goal of generating 80 percent of America's electricity from clean sources by 2035.

    Compare that with the other side. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to gut those critical investments, including the Wind Production Tax Credit at the cost of 37,000 American jobs.

    That's not the kind of future I want for this beautiful country of ours. We need four more years of a president who not only believes in climate change, but will fight to do something about it -- not one who will just hand over the keys of the White House to Big Oil.

    We need four more years of President Obama, not just for ourselves, but for our kids, and our kids' kids, too. And we have three more days to make it happen.

    Sign up for your get-out-the-vote shift right now.

    Thanks,

    Carole King

    GET OUT THE VOTE

The President's Accomplishments for the Environment

Promoting Clean Energy

The President has made historic progress on measures to reduce carbon pollution in the United States and is supporting the transition toward a clean energy economy.

  • Doubling renewable energy: Electricity generation from renewable sources is on track to double by the end of 2012, and our reliance on foreign oil is at a 16-year low

  • Investing in clean energy: The Obama administration has invested in more than 15,000 clean energy projects across the country, supporting nearly 225,000 jobs

  • Proposed an ambitious clean energy standard for America: By 2035, we will generate 80 percent of our electricity from a diverse set of clean energy sources

Reducing Carbon Pollution

President Obama has taken historic action to reduce greenhouse gases and toxic air pollution, cleaning up the air we breathe and protecting our environment from harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.

  • Developed historic fuel efficiency standards that will nearly double fuel economy for cars and light trucks to 54.5 mpg by 2025, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons, and save families thousands of dollars at the pump

  • Proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new coal and oil-fired power plants, which will limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants—the nation’s single largest source of carbon pollution

  • Set a carbon pollution reduction target for the federal government that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the federal government by 28 percent by 2020—the largest single consumer of energy in the country

Preserving Our National Treasures

President Obama has laid the foundation for a smarter environmental strategy where protecting our natural resources creates jobs, preserves habitat, and ensures that our nation’s outdoor heritage can be enjoyed by future generations.

  • Signed one of the largest expansions of wilderness protections in a generation, setting aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness

  • Working to restore key ecosystems like the Everglades, Great Lakes, and Chesapeake Bay—investments that will contribute approximately $427 million and 3,200 jobs to local communities

  • Established a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes, and has helped restore more than 5,200 acres of coastal habitat and protect more than 54,000 acres of coastal areas

  • Issued a National Clean Water Framework that will help ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on for drinking, swimming, and fishing, and that support farming, recreation, tourism, and economic growth

Cleaning Up the Air We Breathe

President Obama is holding polluters accountable and establishing safeguards to protect the health of millions of Americans—because he knows we can create jobs while reducing air pollution.

  • Established the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants—addressing one of the largest remaining sources of this dangerous pollution. When fully implemented, this new rule will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 cases of asthma symptoms each year.

  • Passed historic public health protections against soot and smog-forming pollution that travels across state lines, which will reduce soot and smog pollution by over 50 percent and cut down on health problems in areas downwind from power plants