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Source: Robyn Beck / AFP via GettyImages

Source: Robyn Beck / AFP via GettyImages

Addressing our country on the importance of energy independence, renewable resources, and climate change, President Obama lays forth a choice for Americans.

President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on 7 September 2012 outlined the need for Americans to make “A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”  It is his vision and leadership during the second term that will focus on “[restoring] the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known.”  While the president highlighted the varied social and economical key points for which both parties are addressing, his speech delivered enthusiasm and passion toward renewing our environmental posture to combat climate change and foreign dependence.

You can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. After thirty years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. We’ve doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries. In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by one million barrels a day – more than any administration in recent history. And today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in nearly two decades.

While impressive, our use of renewable energy still pales in comparison to our global neighbors.  To put it in comparison, Treehugger.com explains:

…here’s how the United States’ current electricity mix stands, on a national basis (individual states vary): Coal is used for 49%; Oil for 2%; Natural Gas just under 22%; Nuclear, 19%; Hydropower is just under 6% and other renewables 2.5%.

If President Obama’s plan comes to fruition, our renewable energy gap may be reduced through legislation achieved during the next four years while setting the stage to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

We’re offering a better path – a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.

And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.