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Oil drilling prompts Al Gore's first public split on climate with President Obama

The Hill - President Barack Obama's decision to allow expanded offshore oil drilling prompted the first public criticism of his administration from Al Gore's environmental advocacy group, the Alliance for Climate Protection.

The organization, which the former vice president founded and chairs, put out a statement last week opposing the new policy.

"This plan continues our reliance on dirty fossil fuels - we cannot simply drill our way to energy security," the Alliance's CEO, Maggie Fox, said in the statement. "What we need now is presidential leadership that drives comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that caps harmful carbon pollution, puts America back to work, ends our reliance on foreign oil and keeps us safe." Read more.

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