Here's something I care deeply about: our kids and grandkids growing up with real, natural places to explore, not just photos of what used to be.
That's why I'm standing with President Obama. I know he wants the same for his girls, and it shows in the progress he's made to protect the environment and combat climate change.
He set historic fuel economy standards to nearly double the miles our vehicles get on a tank of gas by 2025. He proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new fossil-fuel-powered plants, and under his administration, we've more than doubled the amount of electricity we generate from wind and solar energy.
I've been fighting for the environment for nearly 40 years, and I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to turn back now.
Watch this video about President Obama's accomplishments for the environment, then sign up to volunteer today so we can have four more years of progress:
The President said it best himself: "There will always be people in this country who say we've got to choose between clean air and clean water and a growing economy ... that is a false choice."
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are two of those people. Both want to gut investments in clean energy -- including the Wind Production Tax Credit, at the cost of 37,000 American jobs -- while at the same time keeping big oil's $4 billion tax loopholes intact. I guess that's not so surprising, considering those same special interests have donated nearly $11 million to Romney's campaign and the super PACs behind it.
We can't let those guys buy the keys to the White House.
For me, it's personal. Preserving this great land of ours has always been near and dear to my heart, and I have a hunch you feel the same way. You know what's at stake. So I hope you'll join me and do whatever it takes to support the only candidate in this race who's dedicated to that great American tradition.
The President's Accomplishments for the Environment
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
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
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
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