Environmentalists are not happy with President Obama's announcement today that his administration will allow more offshore drilling along the east coast.

Conservation groups are lining up to denounce the plan as a betrayal of progressive principles..

The League of Conservation Voters, for example, said the announcement undercuts Obama's commitment to green jobs.

“In sharp contrast with the administration’s ongoing commitment and leadership on clean energy, today’s announcement is highly disappointing," said LCV President Gene Karpinski.

"[T]he opening our coastlines for additional offshore drilling will continue the failed energy policies of the past and do nothing to create the new clean energy jobs of the future," Karpinski added.

Greenpeace, meanwhile, compared the announcement to Sarah Palin's campaign rhetoric.

"Is this President Obama's clean energy plan or Palin's drill baby drill campaign?" said Executive Director Phil Radford. "While China and Germany are winning the clean energy race, this act furthers America's addiction to oil. Expanding offshore drilling in areas that have been protected for decades threatens our oceans and the coastal communities that depend on them with devastating oil spills, more pollution and climate change."