Has Obama Kept Promises on Climate Since Last State of the Union?
Before the president's 2014 State of the Union, a look back at where he succeeded—and fell short—on his past promises.
The centerpiece of Obama's promise was cutting back on carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. But as he prepares to deliver another State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, environmentalists say Obama's pledges around climate change have come up short.
Eighteen groups, including Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Natural Resources Defense Council, signed an open letter last week urging the president to take bolder action.
They argue that Obama has pursued a policy that simply encourages all forms of energy production, expanding oil and natural gas drilling just as aggressively as he has promoted solar and wind power and electric cars.
"We believe that a climate impact lens should be applied to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development,