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January 21, 2014

Podesta hits back at Obama’s green critics

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-21 06:57:37

A senior White House adviser with strong ties to the environmental movement Friday blasted environmental groups for criticizing President Obama’s “all of the above” messaging on energy. John Podesta, a senior aide to President Clinton whose return to the White House earlier this month was cheered by environmentalists, said groups including the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters got it wrong last week when they called on Obama to stop expressing support for fossil fuel development Greenwire, Jan. 17). [ read more … ]

Environmental groups say Obama needs to address climate change more aggressively

By Juliet Eilperin and Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2014-01-21 06:58:07

A group of the nation’s leading environmental organizations is breaking with the administration over its energy policy, arguing that the White House needs to apply a strict climate test to all of its energy decisions or risk undermining one of the president’s top ­second-term priorities. The rift — reflected in a letter sent to President Obama by 18 groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund and Earthjustice — signals that the administration is under pressure to confront the fossil-fuel industry or risk losing support from a critical part of its political base during an already difficult election year. [ read more … ]

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