With the melting of the glaciers and the rising sea levels as a backdrop, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, will make a tour in Alaska this week to discuss the fight against climate change. It should, however, temper his remarks in a State that is still very dependent on oil.
Mr. Obama will become the first u.s. president in service to visit the arctic coast of Alaska so that she will get to Kotzebue, a small town of 3153 people located to the north of the polar circle, at the end of his three-day stay.
He will start his trip on Monday, delivering a speech in the framework of a conference organized by the u.s. State department, which will focus on the issue of climate change in the Arctic.
The stated aim of the president is to demonstrate the serious consequences and disturbing of climate change on the northern territory in order to highlight his legislative priorities on the subject.
The Obama administration hopes that the sea ice, permafrost and glaciers of the region which melts at eye sight marked the spirits in order to illustrate the consequences of the warming of the planet.
In his weekly address on Saturday, us president recalled that these changes were “real” and they received “from now on” the Americans.
Mr. Obama seems to want to ensure a balance between the environmental concerns and energy interests in the region. There are only a few weeks, his administration has issued a licence to the company’s Shell so that it can drill in the rock oil from the northern coast of Alaska.
“The president has resulted in a number of steps to protect the Arctic, but we are really disappointed by this decision. It is a point on which we disagree,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, director of the environmental organization The Wilderness Society.
For the inhabitants of Alaska, however, it is a financial issue nerve. Both the government of the State and its residents depend on revenues from the oil sector, and the drop in oil prices has already caused a major shortfall.
A close adviser to Mr. Obama, Brian Deese, says that there can be a balance between the economic needs of the State and the president’s objectives to eliminate the dependency on fossil fuels.
“This transition will not happen in a day,” he noted, adding that oil and gas would remain “important components” of the energy mix of the country.