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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry, who for much of his career has been viewed as a top ally to environmentalists, is now being looked at warily as many of his former brethren worry that he may commit an act of utmost betrayal: approve the Keystone pipeline.
Several of the nation’s most mobilized environmental groups are planning to launch campaigns this summer that carry a subtext aimed at increasing pressure on Kerry, by both playing to his past as a protester and promoting his emphatic statements about fighting global climate change.
Meanwhile, advocates of the pipeline have been gearing up for a lobbying campaign of their own, and have been hiring firms whose consultants include several former Kerry aides.