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LCV Endorses President Obama for Re-Election

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April 18, 2012  

WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election. Coinciding with the endorsement, LCV released a web video highlighting President Obama’s record of taking on the Big Oil companies and investing in clean energy.

“Elections are about choices – and for those who care about building a clean energy economy and confronting the climate crisis, the choice is clear: President Obama is a clean energy champion and Mitt Romney is a climate denier,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “While President Obama has fought to put Americans in control of our energy future, Mitt Romney and his Big Oil buddies would take us back to the failed dirty energy policies of the past.”

President Obama has made great strides toward building a clean energy economy and protecting our environment for future generations. The president’s first-term accomplishments include:

  • Proposing the first-ever national standards to limit the harmful industrial carbon pollution from power plants that contributes to global warming.
  • Fighting to eliminate Big Oil’s special tax breaks and invest the savings in clean, renewable energy sources that create jobs.
  • Implementing the first-ever national standards to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants, which will save lives and reduce asthma attacks.
  • Proposing new national standards to increase fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025 – dramatically cutting our dangerous dependence on oil.
  • Doubling the country’s use of wind and solar power, while also making huge investments in energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has fully embraced the House Republican leadership’s Big Oil agenda.

  • Romney has vowed to protect billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil. [Romney Townhall, 4/10/12]
  • Romney would eliminate investments in clean technology – going so far as to suggest clean energy is not “real energy.” [McClatchy, 11/7/11; Columbus Dispatch, 3/5/12]
  • Romney has rejected the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change and opposes efforts to limit carbon pollution. [Think Progress, 10/28/11;, Politico, 7/18/11]
  • Romney stands to benefit greatly from his Big Oil backers, including a $200 million election pledge from the Koch brothers. [Politico, 10/10/11]

“Mitt Romney is the first major party nominee in our nation’s history to side with the ‘Flat Earthers’ in rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change,” said Karpinski. “Given Romney’s embrace of ‘oil above all,’ it’s not surprising that Big Oil plans to spend big money for the candidate who would protect their big profits.”

View the web video here:

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