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In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

President Barack Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change. Closing out his Alaska tour with a trip Wednesday to the tiny town of Kotzebue on Wednesday, Obama became the first sitting president to set foot in the Alaska Arctic, a fact the White House hoped would illustrate a commitment to Alaska's endangered landscape beyond that of his predecessors. Yet he also walked a fine line in a state that's deeply dependent on energy revenues and wary of his efforts to keep its oil and gas in the...

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