In a letter Thursday, more than 20 groups called on President Obama to use the State of the Union address to push back against attempts by Republicans and some Democrats to block or delay EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, according to

“Your upcoming State of the Union address offers a perfect opportunity to renew that commitment by making clear that you will continue to stand with the public — not polluters — and do everything in your power to ensure that the EPA retains the authority and the resources to take the life-saving actions necessary to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink,” the letter says. American Lung Association President Charles Connor sent a similar letter Thursday.

Lawmakers also are eager to hear what Obama says in his State of the Union address on energy and the environment. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Thursday that he hopes the president will lay out a plan for lowering gas prices, which have reached a two-year high.

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