Secretary of State John Kerry under siege from all sides as he faces Keystone pipeline decision

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Monday, May 27, 2013, in Paris. (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool)
John Kerry spent part of his Memorial Day in Paris meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.Jim Young/AP

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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.

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