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Along with 10s of millions of other Americans, an Obama for America email hit my inbox this morning.  In full after the fold, this email provides 38 explicit achievements to refute RWSM deceit that President Obama achieved nothing.  And, in the email and the web posting,this accurate comment opens the discussion:

(Just a couple of) the Obama administration's accomplishments:
Here are "(just a couple of) the Obama administration's accomplishments" in the energy and environmental domains:
19. His historic investments in clean energy have helped more than double the amount of electricity we obtain from wind and solar sources and helped increase biofuel production to its highest level in history.

20. President Obama is doubling fuel efficiency standards, which will save drivers more than $8,000 at the gas pump, not to mention lessen the impact of automobiles on our environment.

21. President Obama has taken unprecedented action to address climate change, reaching historic international agreements to curb carbon emissions, and taking action here at home to reduce carbon pollution from our vehicles and promote clean energy production.

22. He has taken historic action to protect our environment -- signing one of the largest expansions of protected wilderness in a generation and putting in place standards to reduce toxic air pollution that will save thousands of lives.

26. President Obama's all-of-the-above approach to energy has helped cut the United States' dependence on foreign oil to its lowest level in 20 years.

The Obama-Biden team has had real achievements in the face of obstinate anti-patriotic opposition from Republicans who put Party above patriotism. As anyone who reads me regularly is aware, the Administration is far from spotless in the energy and environmental arena ("All of the Above" is not, for example, a path to address climate change aggressively) but there have been serious achievements that merit (serious) praise.  And, when it comes down to choice, the Romney 'all of the below' ("Mr Coal, Mr Natural Gas, Mr Oil") will move us (the US and all of us) back to the 19th century in terms of energy choices and accelerate our path to catastrophic climate chaos.  However, this email is about 'positives' -- not the reasons to oppose the recklessly dangerous Romney-Ryan ticket to hell but reasons to VOTE FOR OBAMA-BIDEN.

As a resident of a battleground state, the air waves have been filled with advertisements. Sadly, not just to me, my household has yet to see a single advertisement laying out a positive case supporting Obama-Biden but has seen 100s (perhaps 1000s) attacking Romney-Ryan.  "Negative" only isn't, again not just in my opinion, the path to victory. A positive vision is required as well. Laying out clearly accomplishments with the promise for more to come is a key base for supporting that vision.  

And, again, let us return to 'just a couple of ...'  What are some examples of meaningful achievements not within the 38?

  • Fostering Energy Smart practices within the U.S. military that are starting to payoff seriously with reduce fuel demands at forward operating bases (not just saving money but, more importantly, saving lives as fuel is the top cargo movement and moving fuel around exposes people to risks of attacks) and with ever-mounting clean energy production at bases around the world.  And, there are gigawatts more of clean  energy that will be showing up at Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force bases in the coming decade.
  • ARPA-E achievements to move forward revolutionary clean-energy technologies, along with associated business process concepts, that open the door to ever-faster progress in the years to come in arenas like .
  • and ...

Go after the fold for reasons to VOTE FOR OBAMA-BIDEN and make sure to share this list far and wide.

Every now and again, the other side likes to claim President Obama doesn't have a record to run on. They're wrong. Here's a taste of why:

(Just a couple of) the Obama Administration's accomplishments:

1. The first bill President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to help women fight back when they don't get equal pay for equal work.

2. His Recovery Act supported millions of jobs and helped to stave off a second Great Depression.

3. He pushed for and won middle-class tax cuts that benefitted every American worker, and saved the typical family $3,600 in taxes over the last four years.

4. President Obama rescued the auto industry, and now GM and Chrysler are healthier than they've ever been. The American auto industry has added nearly a quarter of a million jobs since June 2009 -- and they most likely wouldn't exist right now without President Obama's leadership.

5. He doubled funding for Pell Grants, helping to make college more affordable for nearly 10 million families.

6. His student loan reform ended billions in subsidies to banks serving as middlemen and reinvested those savings directly into students.

7. The President established the American Opportunity Tax Credit, worth up to $10,000 over four years of college.

8. His Race to the Top Initiative helped spur nearly every state to raise academic standards.

9. His tax cuts, social-welfare programs, and economic policies lifted nearly 7 million Americans above the federal poverty line in 2010.

10. President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses since taking office.

11. We've seen 5.2 million new private-sector jobs over the last 31 months.

12. The unemployment rate is at the lowest level since President Obama took office.

13. Health care reform -- passed after decades of failed attempts by every previous President -- provides affordable health coverage to every American and will lower premiums by an average of $2,000 per family by 2019.

14. Obamacare expanded access to lifesaving preventive care such as cancer screenings and immunizations with no out-of-pocket costs for 54 million Americans.

15. Obamacare ends insurance discrimination against the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

16. Because of Obamacare, over 3 million more young adults have health insurance today than would if the new law hadn't passed.

17. The parents of over 17 million children with pre-existing conditions no longer have to worry that their children will be denied coverage.

18. President Obama has ordered the overhaul of federal government regulations to make them smarter, practical, and more efficient. Just a fraction of these commonsense initiatives will help save businesses $10 billion in the next five years alone.

19. His historic investments in clean energy have helped more than double the amount of electricity we obtain from wind and solar sources and helped increase biofuel production to its highest level in history.

20. President Obama is doubling fuel efficiency standards, which will save drivers more than $8,000 at the gas pump, not to mention lessen the impact of automobiles on our environment.

21. President Obama has taken unprecedented action to address climate change, reaching historic international agreements to curb carbon emissions, and taking action here at home to reduce carbon pollution from our vehicles and promote clean energy production.

22. He has taken historic action to protect our environment -- signing one of the largest expansions of protected wilderness in a generation and putting in place standards to reduce toxic air pollution that will save thousands of lives.

23. President Obama fought for and won landmark Wall Street reform that reins in the abuses that led to the financial crisis and ends the era of taxpayer bailouts and "too big to fail."

24. Wall Street reform created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation's first federal agency focused solely on consumer financial protection -- and the Bureau is already protecting families from unfair and abusive financial practices from Wall Street banks and shadowy corners of the financial industry.

25. As part of President Obama's commitment to transparency, the White House has posted its visitor records online for the first time ever.

26. President Obama's all-of-the-above approach to energy has helped cut the United States' dependence on foreign oil to its lowest level in 20 years.

27. President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq.

28. He announced a plan to end the war in Afghanistan and transition security responsibility to the Afghan people.

29. President Obama sent the largest security assistance package to Israel in history and funded the Iron Dome system, which is protecting Israeli homes and schools from rocket attacks.

30. President Obama rallied the international community to implement the toughest sanctions on Iran in history.

31. Through the President's historic increases in Veterans Affairs funding, he has expanded and improved healthcare and job training access for our returning veterans.

32. President Obama negotiated the New START Treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in both countries. At the same time, he also secured commitments from dozens of other countries to lock down nuclear materials.

33. His administration naturalized 11,146 military service members as U.S. citizens in 2010; more than in any year since 1955.

34. President Obama set a bold new plan for the future of NASA space exploration, using the skill and ability of the private sector for short trips to the International Space Station, while building a new vehicle for exploration of distant space, and doing everything in his power to support the economy on Florida's Space Coast.

35. President Obama recognizes that tourism is one of America's largest economic engines; he's worked to encourage international visitors to come here, maintaining our security while keeping millions of Americans in good, paying jobs.

36. He has affirmed his personal support of marriage equality, directed the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA in federal courts, and took the practical and compassionate step of extending hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners.

37. He fought for and won the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly for the first time in history.

38. When Congress failed to fix our broken immigration system, his administration did everything in its power to improve it, streamlining the legal immigration process and announcing a policy that lifts the shadow of deportation from hard working young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

39. Oh, and he gave the order to send troops in after Osama Bin Laden -- and has decimated al-Qaeda's senior leadership.

View the list here.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:01:35 AM PDT

  •  hi. thx. i using new sigline to billboard phrases/ (0+ / 0-)

    consider these terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout famine, acceptance of nature

    by renzo capetti on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 06:00:48 AM PDT

  •  The entire campaign seems to be about... (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    ...reasons to vote against the other candidate.

    On the Republican side, it's not hard to see why. Nobody who knows Romney or what he would do would vote for him, so all they can do is drum up anti-Obama hysteria. It's been their strategy all along, even before Romney locked up the nomination.

    On the Democratic side, they've bought into the whole "Big Government Bad" thing, so they're reluctant to make a case FOR government and what Obama has done. Until they stop being afraid to admit they believe in government, negative campaigning is about it.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 06:20:31 AM PDT

    •  Excellent point ... (0+ / 0-)

      Sandy is 'teachable moment' about climate change ... but also about value of 'big government'.  (With NYC drowned with the ocean filling up like an overflowing bathtub, would a government drowning in the bathtub be able to help out?)

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 06:23:56 AM PDT

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