By Laura Barron-Lopez - 01/28/14 10:14 PM EST
President Obama defended his "all of the above" energy strategy against attacks by green groups.
Obama credited the strategy for bringing the U.S. closer to energy independence for the first time in decades.
"The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades," he added.
Earlier this month, green groups sent a letter to Obama demanding he dump his "all of the above" strategy, which includes fossil-fuels and replace it with a "best of the above" plan.
In the letter, the 18 green groups called Obama's "all of the above" energy policy "fundamentally at odds" with his goal of cutting carbon emissions.
But green groups didn't single out Obama's statement in their reactions to the speech. Instead, many praised the president for standing strong on climate change and his greenhouse gas standards.