The Obama re-election campaign has launched its first advertisement of the 2012 election, responding to an attack ad from the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers. The Koch’s political front group, Americans For Prosperity, accused Obama of “cronyism” over the Solyndra solar company in a $6 million ad campaign launched this week. Obama’s rapid response, hitting the “secretive oil billionaires” and touting the growing clean-energy economy, is running in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin:
NARRATOR: Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama, with ads factcheckers say are “not tethered to the facts.” While independent watchdogs called this president’s record on ethics “unprecedented.” And America’s clean energy industry? 2.7 million jobs and “expanding rapidly.” 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 America’s energy economy.
Interestingly, the re-election campaign has chosen to describe Obama’s energy record in a way that explicitly ignores the existence of climate change. New fuel economy standards that are designed to fight greenhouse gases are described only in terms of how they reduce oil consumption. Clean energy investments are promoted as job creators. Using oil and gas industry language, the Obama campaign touts the administration’s record on “domestic energy production,” promoting the surge in oil and natural gas drilling during his presidency.