Jan 31, 2014 4:54 AM by Associated Press
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.