07/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Liberal Groups Vexed By Obama Knocking Climate Bill

Liberal groups allied with the White House are fuming -- mostly in private -- about some comments President Obama made yesterday attacking a provision in the climate change bill that he called "protectionist."

Obama yesterday took a whack at the part of the bill that slaps tariffs on some goods from countries that refuse limits on global warming emissions, which was inserted partly to win over Rust Belt lawmakers worried about industrial job losses. "I think we have to be very careful about sending any protectionist signals out there," Obama said.

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