"Obama’s Alaska Visit Puts Climate, Not Energy, in Forefront"

"WASHINGTON — President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday 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.

While the Arctic is a fitting backdrop for the president’s call to action, it is also a place where the conflicting threads of his environmental policy collide, and where the bracing public debate over how to address the warming of the planet is particularly animated."

Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports for the New York Times August 30, 2015.



"Obama's Climate Change Words And Actions Don't Match, Alaskans Say" (NPR)

"Greens: Obama Climate Legacy at Risk Over Arctic Drilling" (The Hill)

"In Alaska, Obama Will Be in Middle of Oil and Climate Change Battle" (New York Times)

"Oil, Oligarchs and Other Subtexts on Obama’s Arctic-Focused Alaska Trip" (Dot Earth/NYT)

"What To Expect When You're Expecting the President" (Alaska Dispatch News)

"Global Warming Carving Changes Into Alaska in Fire And Ice" (AP)

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2015