By Laura Barron-Lopez - 01/17/14 12:42 PM EST
Environmental groups are pressing President Obama to abandon his "all of the above" energy strategy to focus on battling climate change.
In a letter to President Obama on Thursday, 18 green groups urged him to "abandon an 'all of the above' energy policy" that consists of drilling, mining and fossil fuels on top of renewables.
The letter comes after a week of meetings between top Canadian officials and lawmakers over the pipeline. Senators on both sides of the aisle argued or approval of the TransCanada pipeline during the meetings, arguing it would not increase carbon emissions.
But the green groups aren't buying it.
"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," the letter states.
"In the coming months your administration will be making key decisions regarding fossil fuel development — including the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking on public lands, and drilling in the Arctic ocean — that will either set us on a path to achieve the clean energy future we all envision or will significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," the letter states.
The Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the Earth and Environment America were among the groups that signed Thursday's letter.