Last week, Stand.earth asked their supporters to show EPA staff some love on Valentine’s Day –for science, for communities and for the climate. Here are the thousands of love notes they received. Some examples:
- Thank you for your efforts to keep the environment safe for present and future generations!
- At least a quarter-billion people in this country want EPA to keep doing what it’s always done. We hope you’ll thwart what Trump tries to do. We’ll give you all the support we can!
- Thank you for fighting the good fight and for everything you do at the EPA!!! Those of us rational people of conscience truly appreciate it! We’ll keep fighting for you just as you’ve fought for our environment.
- I love the EPA and what it has done to improve the purity of the air we breathe and the water we drink. Please continue your efforts relentlessly to protect our environment.
Representative Paul D. Ryan used his convention speech on Wednesday to fault President Obama for failing to act on a deficit-reduction plan that he himself had helped kill. He chided Democrats for seeking $716 billion in Medicare cuts that he too had sought. And he lamented the nation’s credit rating — which was downgraded after a debt-ceiling standoff that he and other House Republicans helped instigate.
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Barack Obama touring the G.M. plant in Janesville, Wis., in 2008.
And Mitt Romney, in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, asserted that President Obama’s policies had “not helped create jobs” and that Mr. Obama had gone on an “apology tour” for America. He also warned that the president’s Medicare cuts would “hurt today’s seniors,” claims that have already been labeled false or misleading.
The two speeches — peppered with statements that were incorrect or incomplete — seemed to signal the arrival of a new kind of presidential campaign, one in which concerns about fact-checking have been largely set aside.
In recent weeks, the Romney campaign has broadcast television advertisements leveling the widely debunked assertion that Mr. Obama had gutted the work requirements for welfare recipients. The Obama campaign, for its part, ran a deceptive ad saying that Mitt Romney had “backed a bill that outlaws all abortion, even in case of rape and incest,” although he currently supports exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. Continue reading “Facts Take a Beating in Acceptance Speeches”