Major environmental groups are pressing the White House to ditch its “all of the above” energy approach that backs expanded domestic oil drilling alongside the green energy sources that activists embrace.
The new political pressure — signaled in an open letter from more than a dozen groups — shows that environmentalists believe President Obama’s carefully calibrated energy strategy isn’t weighted enough toward battling climate change.
“We believe that continued reliance on an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy would be fundamentally at odds with your goal of cutting carbon pollution and would undermine our nation’s capacity to respond to the threat of climate disruption,” states the letter released Thursday evening.
Groups including the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Natural Resources Defense Council signed the letter.
“We believe that a climate impact lens should be applied to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development, and urge that a ‘carbon-reducing clean energy’ strategy rather than an ‘all of the above’ strategy become the operative paradigm for your administration’s energy decisions,” the letter states.
The Washington Post first reported on the letter Thursday evening.
Green groups have welcomed Obama’s second-term focus on climate change, which includes carbon-emissions standards for power plants.
But they’re also wary of the White House approach on allowing drilling in Arctic waters and other policies.
What We're Following See More »
"A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court 'time had run out' for the baby. Mr. Gard said it meant his 'sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy' will not reach his first birthday on 4 August. 'To let our beautiful little Charlie go' is 'the hardest thing we'll ever have to do,' his mother said. Charlie's parents said they made the decision because a US doctor had told them it was now too late to give Charlie nucleoside therapy.
"Eleven states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its June decision to delay implementation of a chemical safety rule" until 2019. "The state attorneys general, led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman (D), argue the rule is important for 'protecting our workers, first-responders and communities from chemical accidents' and should be allowed to take affect as planned by the Obama administration’s EPA.