Green Groups to Obama: Choose Climate Over Oil

President Barack Obama walks past an oil rig during his visit to oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Maljamar, N.M., Wednesday, March, 21, 2012.   
National Journal
Jan. 17, 2014, 2:57 a.m.

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.

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