One of the greatest challenges we face is how to repair, rebuild and revitalize our environment.
For decades, we've neglected our planet, relying on fossil fuels imported from foreign countries, developing land at a rapid rate, and destroying our ecosystems with pollutants and unsustainable practices.
But under President Obama's leadership, we're making progress. Instead of ignoring our problems, this administration has tackled environmental issues with comprehensive, meaningful reforms — the likes of which we haven't seen in decades.
In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few of the many ways President Obama is working to create a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future for our kids.
- Established the first-ever national limits for mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants.
- Invested in clean, homegrown energy production. In fact, with President Obama's proposed clean energy standards, by 2035, 80% of the electricity we use will come from clean energy.
- Upgraded fuel economy energy standards for the first time in nearly three decades — nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of cars. This change will save consumers an average of $8,200 on the life of a vehicle.
- Partnered with states to restore ecosystems across our country. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Everglades, President Obama's administration has been working to restore these critical resources — resources that create jobs and strengthen local economies.
- Preserved more than 2 million acres of federal land and protected over 1,000 miles of rivers.
While the challenges are great, thanks to President Obama's strong leadership, we're moving forward.
To learn more about President Obama's environmental policies, click here.
Happy Earth Day!