Policy: Environment & Energy

Green groups: Obama not doing enough on climate

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Photo - FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune being arrested outside the White House in Washington, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global warming.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)
FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune being arrested outside the White House in Washington, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global warming. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is fending off repeated protests by some of President Barack Obama's top environmental allies that his climate strategy won't work.

The heads of 18 environmental groups went public recently with a long-simmering complaint: Obama's support of expanded oil and gas production doesn't make sense for a president who wants to reduce global warming pollution.

The plea from some of his staunchest supporters did not stop Obama from proclaiming in his State of the Union address Tuesday that his energy strategy is working.

The dispute between Obama and environmental groups shows the fine line the environmental community has walked with a Democratic president who has taken significant steps on climate change while still supporting fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas that contribute to climate change.

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