This is the first advertisement from Barack Obamaâ€™s 2012 re-election campaign. The ad targets â€œsecretive oil billionairesâ€, which is a clear response to the Koch brothers recent $6 million attack ads (http://bit.ly/xrdzBH). The advertisement is also touting the rapidly growing clean-energy economy, saying that 2.7 million jobs have been created in the clean energy industry in the US, and that the dependence on foreign oil is the lowest it's been in 16 years. The advertisement is currently running in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
"Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama, with ads factcheckers say are â€œnot tethered to the facts.â€ While independent watchdogs called this presidentâ€™s record on ethics â€œunprecedented.â€ And Americaâ€™s clean energy industry? 2.7 million jobs and â€œexpanding rapidly.â€ For the first time in 13 years our dependence on foreign oil is below fifty percent. President Obama kept his promise to toughen ethics rules and strengthen Americaâ€™s energy economy."
Itâ€™s interesting to note that Obama and the advertisement completely ignore to mention climate change. Instead of saying that fuel economy standards help reduce greenhouse gas emissions they are only described as a way to reduce our oil consumption. And the renewable energy investments are only mentioned in terms of job created. The advertisement also fails to mention that the dependence on foreign oil is largely due to a surge in oil and natural gas drilling and not because of a noteworthy decreased consumption.
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