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  • Mitt Romney’s misleading attacks

    By Vinay on

    During Wednesday’s debate, Mitt Romney misled voters about President Obama’s clean energy record, inaccurately criticizing the investments he has made in clean energy jobs.

    Here’s what a couple fact-checkers had to say:

    Romney’s numbers from the first presidential debate are not correct. Not even close. – POLITICO

    Not even within hailing distance of the truth. – The New York Times

    Mitt Romney will continue to distort the President’s record on clean energy, but you can help set the record straight. Join Environmentalists for Obama on Dashboard today.

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