"Obama Launches Fundraising Campaign To Win Back Environmental Voters"

"Barack Obama has launched a new green re-election site hoping to make up with environmental voters ahead of next November's vote."

"Environmentalists for Obama is aimed at organising green voters, who have had a complicated relationship with the Obama White House.

Republicans have gone out of their way to cast Obama as a leader who put the environment ahead of the economy. Newt Gingrich even called him "President Algae".

But environmental groups are disappointed with Obama for blocking higher ozone standards, opening the door to Arctic drilling, encouraging fracking for oil and natural gas, and advancing the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Now Obama is trying to get them back on his side. As the site points out, Obama also raised gas mileage standards for cars and set tough new standards that will effectively ban new coal plants. His 2009 economic recovery plan also ploughed millions into clean energy industry."

Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian April 23, 2012.

Source: Guardian, 04/25/2012