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Issue Position: Energy and the Environment

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* President Obama has made the environment a priority, moving us towards energy independence, investing in clean-energy jobs, and taking steps to improve the quality of our air and water.

* As of November 2010, the Obama administration's policies have helped the private sector create 1 million jobs through public investments that jump-started additional private investment--nearly a quarter of those jobs in the clean energy industry.

* The clean energy sector creates the jobs of today and tomorrow, helps protect our environment, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

* President Obama signed a law that provided for one of the largest expansions of federally protected wilderness in decades.

Domestic Oil and Gas Production

The Obama administration established new safety regulations for offshore drilling projects in the wake of the BP disaster, designed to prevent the same irresponsible risk-taking from happening again while continuing to allow the safe, responsible development of offshore energy.

In 2010, the United States produced more oil than it has since 2003 and the most natural gas it's produced in 30 years.

Wind Power and Solar Energy

* The Obama administration approved the country's first-ever offshore wind farm in 2010. The wind farm will consist of 130 wind turbines off the coast of Cape Cod that will produce enough clean electricity to power more than 200,000 homes. The project is also expected to spur the growth of clean energy industry along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes.

* The administration has approved the construction of 13 commercial-scale solar facilities on public lands that are expected to power nearly 1.5 million homes and create 8,600 jobs.

Improving the Quality of Our Air

Under President Obama's watch, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first national standards for mercury emissions and other dangerous chemicals from coal and oil-fired power plants.

The new rules will help to clear our skies of pollutants that can make health problems like asthma and bronchitis worse, saving up to 17,000 lives each year.

Fuel Economy

The President made an agreement with auto manufacturers that will improve the overall fuel economy of the nation's auto fleet to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025--nearly twice the 27.5 miles per gallon standard that was in place when he took office.

The new standards are projected to save families an estimated $8,200 in fuel costs over the life of a vehicle.

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