Somewhat surprisingly, Obama has opened his reelection bid with a television ad that slams "oil billionaires" and touts his administration's success in stimulating the clean energy economy.
Watch the spot here:
Grist has a transcript:
Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama with ads fact-checkers say are not tethered to the facts, while independent watchdogs call 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 50 percent. President Obama kept his promise to toughen ethics rules and strengthen America’s economy.
Some might have expected Obama to shrink from clean energy in the wake of the Solyndra nonsense. But remember, Solyndra was just a blip to most folks outside of the cleantech world, and bipartisan polling shows that voters correctly recognize that one bad apple shouldn't discourage support for the entire industry. In fact, Americans continue to show overwhelming support for more clean energy, and for working to create jobs in the renewable sector.
And of course, everybody hates Big Oil. Obama's also likely looking to push back against the oil companies, who threatened to oppose him if he denied Keystone XL.
So this might be a shrewd opening gambit for Obama—and it should also have the added bonus of boosting morale in a clean energy sector that's been unfairly battered on the Hill this year.