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May 10, 2016

War On The Left: Obama’s Interior Secretary Says “Keep It In The Ground” Movement Is “Naïve,” Greenpeace Accuses Obama Of Hypocrisy

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In a major blow to the Environmentalist Left, Obama-appointed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered a “harsh” critique of the environmental movement’s “100 percent renewables” goal on Thursday.

The Desert Sun reports:

“It’s going to take a very long time before we can wean ourselves from fossil fuels, so I think that to keep it in the ground is naïve, to say we could shift to 100 percent renewables is naïve,” Jewell said. “We really have to have a blend over time, and a transition over time, that recognizes the real complexity of what we’re dealing with.”

Soon after Jewell’s broadside, Greenpeace responded by accusing President Obama of not walking “the walk” on climate change:

If last year’s Paris climate talks showed us anything, it’s that the world’s political leaders are ready to talk the talk on climate action. But are they ready to walk the walk? So far, the answer is no. President Obama, for example, said last year, “As long as I am president, America will lead the world to meet this threat [climate change] before it’s too late.” But his actions aren’t on pace with the change we need. He’s failed to protect the U.S. Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico from offshore drilling, and his Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell called the keep it in the ground movement “naive” in a recent speech.

Jewell’s comments are also bound to upset Bill McKibben, who is quoted telling The Desert Sun earlier this year “The simplest way to describe the ‘keep it in the ground’ effort is, ‘When you’re in a hole, stop digging.’ In this case, literally.”

McKibben’s radical 350.org is in the midst of a “Break Free” campaign that urges volunteers to “[learn] to disobey” and disrupt coal, oil and gas companies. Keeping these fuels “in the ground” may be essential to McKibben’s campaign, but it appears not even the Obama administration is buying it.