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Sat, Dec. 14

Kingman Letter: Obama absolutely perfect

Our president, along with citizens wanting to leave a better world for future generations, is working toward a sustainable energy future away from foreign oil and other dirty fossil fuels. For the first time in thirteen years - thanks to higher gas production and 120,000 barrels of domestic oil increase from 2003 levels - our dependence on foreign oil has dropped below 50 percent, fuel efficiency standards are required to increase through 2025 to 50 mpg and the first ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles will save consumers an average of $8,000 over this period. All this while insisting on clean air regulations and stopping oil subsidies and toxic emissions from coal plants. Mitt Romney says drill more in environmentally sensitive areas while defending oil subsidies and deregulating speculators, cut funding for clean energy incentives and roll back fuel standards - even though 63 percent of our oil is consumed on our highways. He would "aggressively" develop coal and roll back EPA regulations.

There have been 29 successful federal land loan guarantee renewable energy projects and more than 40 clean energy projects worth over 100,000 jobs and six East Coast state offshore wind farm development sites. Yes, the famed Solyndra was one startup failure among nearly 100 successes - a high success rate for startups. Three million green energy jobs are up or in the works, reducing our country's carbon imprint on this earth. The federal government and military will increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions by 28 percent by 2020 - remember less fuel consumed reduces logistics for any actions. Mitt Romney calls green energy jobs "fake" jobs and would end credits, costing 37,000 jobs. He says carbon dioxide emissions are not "harmful" to health and therefore not an issue: denies climate change data.

Danny Baker


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