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Greens split as Biden digs in

By Timothy Cama | 07/08/2024 01:36 PM EDT

At least one environmental group wants the president to give up on reelection. Another is weighing its options.

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday after returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. Susan Walsh/AP

Climate and environmental advocacy groups are divided on whether President Joe Biden should end his reelection bid as he doubles down on his commitment to keep running.

Friends of the Earth Action, which supported Biden in 2020 but has not endorsed a candidate in this year’s race, on Monday called into question the president’s ability to serve. Still, the group stopped short of asking him to exit the race.

Environmentalists have played an increasingly important role in Democratic campaigns, with organizations spending tens of millions of dollars every cycle. Any divisions among greens could further jeopardize the president’s standing.

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Reacting to Biden’s dismal performance in his first presidential debate opposite the presumptive Republican candidate, former President Donald Trump, Friends of the Earth Action said “our fears were confirmed.”

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