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The Principled Hypocrisy of President Obama 2.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday [Aug. 31] to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy. But during a three-day trip choreographed to lend spectacular visuals and real-world examples to Mr. Obama's message on global warming, he will pay little heed to the oil and gas drilling offshore that he allowed to go forward just this month, a move that activists say is an unsavory blot on an otherwise ambitious climate record. -- New York Times , August 31, 2015 Throughout his tenure, Barack Obama has talked a good game about issues that he cares about, while simultaneously making policy decisions that have the exact opposite effect. He has always talked the talk, ever since he first announced that he would shut down Guantanamo Bay and stop using drones to summarily execute people who might ...
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Obama to hike melting Alaska glacier in climate push 2.9.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama turned Tuesday to a dramatic symptom of climate change - a melting Alaska glacier - to highlight the dangers of global ...
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The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources 1.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. On Monday, Obama highlighted the dangers posed by climate change in the region. "Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average," Obama said. "Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States." As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil drilling. Resources below the Arctic ice cap are worth over $17 trillion, the rough equivalent of the entire U.S. economy. According to investigative journalist James Bamford, the region has become the "crossroads of technical espionage" as the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark battle for control of those resources. Bamford joins us to talk about his recent piece, "Frozen Assets: The Newest Front in Global Espionage is One ...
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Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska 1.9.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. It’s a harrowing image of a future that Obama insists is inevitable unless […]
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Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska 1.9.2015 Yahoo: US National
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the ...
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5 ways climate change is already affecting Alaska 1.9.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama is in Alaska this week, visiting melting glaciers and remote towns and meeting with other Arctic leaders. On Sunday, the president made a major statement by officially renaming Mt. McKinley - the U.S.'s highest peak - Denali, its traditional native ...
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Obama arrives in Alaska as White House defends Denali decision 1.9.2015 LA Times: Nation
By the time Air Force One landed at Elmendorf Air Force Base on Monday afternoon, the National Park Service had already begun printing new maps of Denali National Park, wiping all traces of the 25th president from the cartographic record.
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Obama opens historic Alaska trip focused on global warming 1.9.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state's liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic ...
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Alaska-Bound: President Obama Visits Our Nation's Climate Change Frontier, Where Wildlife Face Serious Threats 1.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama flew to Alaska today and will be the first sitting president to visit an Arctic Alaskan community. Why? Because Alaska and the Arctic are on the front lines of the single greatest challenge our planet faces: climate change. As the president points out in his video announcing his trip, climate change isn't just affecting Alaska. It's contributing to extreme drought in California and the Northwest, intensifying storms, like the three major hurricanes currently moving across the the Pacific Ocean, and melting glaciers across the Arctic. But Alaska is facing unique challenges this year: wildfires are raging across the state, and a shocking 30 humpback and fin whales have died recently in the Gulf of Alaska. Both disasters are likely tied to climate change: unusually warm temperatures and lack of rain have made it all too easy for fires to rage out of control, and a large mass of warm water in the North Pacific dubbed the "warm blob" has made conditions perfect for toxic algal blooms, a ...
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Obama will be focusing on climate change when he arrives in Alaska today 1.9.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Obama’s Alaska Visit Showcases Climate Hypocrisy 31.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Sierra Club Responds To President Obama’s Visit To Alaska And The Arctic 31.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Mixed Messages: President Obama’s Alaskan Climate Trip 31.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama to rename tallest U.S. peak 31.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
To hear the White House describe Alaska, the state has become the canary in the climate change coal mine, complete with raging wildfires, accelerating ice melt in the arctic, vanishing glaciers and whole villages forced to relocate away from rising seas.
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Obama Plays Defense On Climate Change Ahead Of Alaska Trip 30.8.2015 NPR News
President Obama pushed back against what some see as the irony of him expanding oil exploration while talking up climate change.
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Our Future Generations Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Arctic Drilling 29.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, President Obama made a terribly risky decision for the Arctic. His administration cleared the final hurdle that allows for drilling into oil-bearing zones in the Arctic Ocean , approving one of Shell Oil's modified drilling permits for the Chukchi Sea. That decision puts the fate of the fragile Arctic Ocean, and a piece of our climate future, in the hands of Shell - a company with a track record of stumbles and mishaps in the Arctic that hardly inspires confidence . To put this decision into context, it's important to understand the climate legacy President Obama has sought to put into place for himself . Obama's climate policy was born of a commitment to acting on climate change for the sake of future generations, a commitment seemingly at odds with green-lighting the drilling for and burning of the billions of barrels of oil currently locked up beneath the Chukchi Sea. Just last month, in more than 20 events across 15 states, citizens across the country banded together in a nationwide ...
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Obama in Alaska: PR to 'Greenwash his Climate Legacy'? 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Time for Presidential Leadership in the Arctic 28.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President, New York City: President Obama's upcoming trip to Alaska offers a chance to stand strong on climate -- and protect one of Earth's last ocean frontiers. President Obama travels to Alaska on Monday, kicking off a three-day visit meant to spotlight warming temperatures,...
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Inhofe's Drought, McConnell's Fire 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Families in the West who are trying to salvage what they can from the charred ruins of their homes may want to communicate their grief to the members of Congress who could do something to slow climate change, but won't. Global warming has made the drought, fires and personal losses worse than they otherwise would have been. Weather extremes are no stranger to California, but scientists say the current drought is 15% to 20% more severe because of global warming. They say the odds of extreme droughts there have doubled over the last century. In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change. They are attempting to undermine not only President Obama's climate action plan, but also hopes for an international agreement at the next global climate conference this December in ...
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Inhofe's Drought; McConnell's Fire 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Families in the West who are trying to salvage what they can from the charred ruins of their homes may want to communicate their grief to the members of Congress who could do something to slow climate change, but won't. Global warming has made the drought, fires and personal losses worse than they otherwise would have been. Weather extremes are no stranger to California, but scientists say the current drought is 15% to 20% more severe because of global warming. They say the odds of extreme droughts there have doubled over the last century. In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change. They are attempting to undermine not only President Obama's climate action plan, but also hopes for an international agreement at the next global climate conference this December in ...
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