Obama includes biofuel and climate change in his convention speech

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, September 7, 2012- President Barack Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last night, where he used his renewable energy goals as examples of positive developments under his four-year term. 

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“We've doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines, and long-lasting batteries,” he said. “In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by one million barrels a day, more than any administration in recent history.”

In his pitch for a second term, he promised that “we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.”

“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,” he said.

“And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet because climate change is not a hoax,” he added. “More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future.”

In his speech, Obama asked voters to elect him for a second term claiming that his “it will take more than a few years to address challenges that have built up over decades.” After the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Flor., last week, Republican nominee Mitt Romney gained a few points in post-convention polls, placing the nominees in a virtually tied race.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a jobs report today indicating that while the economy added 96,000 jobs, the number of unemployed persons, at 12.5 million, sustained in August. The impact of this week's convention and jobs report on poll numbers are not yet established. 

Today marks 60 days until the election, with three presidential debates to take place starting October 3. 


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