President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling, a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration’s efforts to reduce global warming.
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Environmental groups applauding the president’s pursuit of new power plant rules meant to reduce climate change are now preparing for a major battle over authorizing drilling in the Atlantic, and possibly the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

Dozens of green groups, hundreds of lawmakers, and several governors have flooded the Interior Department with letters on the issue. This week, 20 GOP senators called for more development in the Atlantic and Arctic while 45 House Democrats swung the other way.

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