We are near the end of the election campaign in the U.S. and in a couple weeks people will be casting their ballots. This year I’m voting for my Mother, not for her beauty or for the delicious food that graces her table but because she needs my support.
In this election there is a clear distinction in which candidate will support my mother – earth. Only Barack Obama shares those values and beliefs that wilderness should be protected, and that clean air and water are inherent rights of all citizens. Obama has tried to be consistent with his all-of-the-above approach to energy which has put an emphasis on renewables. In the weeks and months ahead Barack Obama will continue to support and vote for my mother – earth.
Shortly after taking office, President Obama issued an executive order on federal sustainability which requires federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally responsible products and technologies.
Employment figures show 100,000 people now working in the field of solar energy and another 100,000 in the wind energy sector.
The president has established historic fuel economy standards that calls for an average fuel efficiency to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, reducing fuel consumption by 2.2 million barrels a day and slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons.
Over the past three years, the Obama administration has issued rules that will reduce mercury and other toxic emissions by coal fired power plants, cut toxic pollutants from cement kilns, and cut air pollution from industrial boilers and ocean going vessels.
The EPA has also issued a draft that would provide greater protection to headwater streams and water sheds at their source. The president has set aside more than 2 million acres of protected wilderness and is developing a 26 million acre conservation system of habitat corridors.
When the Sierra Club and three other environmental organizations endorsed President Obama, presidential rival Mitt Romney commented ” It is no surprise that liberal environmental groups support President Obama’s agenda of shutting down energy sources, driving up energy prices and shoveling billions of taxpayer dollars to their favorite green projects.”
In an article written by Romney on March 5, 2012 he said “In place of real energy Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy…As president, I will unleash American innovation and productivity to make full use of our nations resources.”
Romney continued with his energy plan; “First I will pursue dramatic regulatory reform to accelerate the exploration and development of oil and gas. I will modernize our outdated environmental laws to take cost into account, and stop the EPA’s practice of using imaginary benefits to justify onerous burdens.”
“Second I will increase production. I will permit access to our resources in the Gulf of Mexico, the outer continental shelf, western lands and the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge…This starts with my approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline on day one.”
The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act established 40 years ago will be under attack by a Romney administration. He does not understand the intricate web of life that keeps this planet in balance. Romney only sees the planet as a deposit of minerals and resources to be exploited, bought and sold. He would place priority on corporate profit over the health of our communities and have Wall Street judge what is best for the environment.
President Obama has made moderate pragmatic steps to keep our communities and children healthy, in addressing global climate change, preserving our national treasures for future generations and moved sustainability forward. Mitt Romney will disregard climate change and attempt to dismantle 40 years of environmental protection moving the country backwards. The difference between the two candidates on environmental issues is very stark this year. Join me to re-elect president Obama and vote for our mother – earth.