But groups generally accept the political need for further domestic oil exploration. And after eight years of an administration that pushed aggressively for more production -- not to mention a campaign in which drilling literally became a campaign slogan -- Obama's fresh approach has been welcomed in some quarters.
"What this administration and the Department of Energy have said is, 'Everyone take a deep breath. Let's really think about what needs to be done and for America's energy future,'" Warren said. "We now can have a reasonable political conversation about what the science tells us what should be done."