Greenies Rage After Obama Drops Ozone Plan
Environmentalists still uncertain how to retaliate against president
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2011 4:05 PM CDT
An environmental activist wearing a mask of President Barack Obama appeals to Obama to show good leadership in Odaiba Tokyo Bay area in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009..   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

(Newser) – Environmentalists are reeling today after President Obama backed away from a plan to enact stricter ozone pollution standards on Friday. And this, only days after the State Department gave preliminary support to a pipeline slated to carry tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast from Canada. "There is shock and chaos here," said a director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, "so I do not know" how the environmental movement will wage political battles against a president it once deemed a staunch ally, the New York Times reports.

No, green advocates won't side with Republicans instead—their aggressive anti-environmentalist action in the House and rhetoric on the campaign trail ensure that. But Obama could face subtler problems. Volunteer enthusiasm may wane, and, says one green advocate, the "emerging narrative that he is caving too quickly to Republican pressure" could grow. Another advocate admits greenies may need to fight harder, pile "the pressure on," and realize "playing nicey-nice won’t work."

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Sep 4, 2011 7:21 AM CDT
Why don't the "Greenies" simply convince the public it's the right thing to do? That will drive the polls, and the president will respond accordingly. That, or we can resume the blaming.
Sep 4, 2011 1:43 AM CDT
NOW can someone please prioritize giving asthmatics back effective rescue asthma inhalers, instead of bowing to the nutso greenies? I realize the inferior and sick among us should be willing to d i e for the greater good, but somehow, I can't look into my kids eyes, and just accept that...
Sep 3, 2011 11:59 PM CDT
The November election comes at a chilly time of year. If Obama isn't careful, I might just be too damn DEPRESSED to get up and walk to the polls.