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Glacier hike and fjords tour: Obama opts for optics to show reality of climate change

Glacier hike and fjords tour: Obama opts for optics to show reality of climate change

As President Obama makes his biggest sustained public push yet on fighting climate change, he and top aides seem to be realizing that they need their own theatrics. Six months ago, a leading Republican skeptic brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. On Tuesday, Obama will see that snowball, and raise the senator a melting glacier. The president will hike toward the Exit Glacier in Alaska and later ride a Coast Guard cutter through the Kenai Fjords National Park, as part of his effort to show Americans that the threat of climate change is an urgent one requiring an equally urgent response. In recent years, White House officials argue, there is a growing acceptance among the public...

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