United States President Barack Obama says that the United States has to lead the world in transitioning into a clean energy economy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. "America has to lead the world in transitioning to a clean energy economy. Now as we make that transition we also have to take more seriously our obligation to help those communities that are already at risk so that they can become more resilient in face of climate change. Some of it we are not going to be able to avoid, the planet is already getting warmer and communities are going to be affected, that is especially pressing here in Alaska. That's why today am announcing the Denali Commission that will serve as a central coordinator in building what we call 'climate resilience.'" It was the culmination of a three-day adventure in which Obama hiked to a glacier and toured majestic fjords by boat, delighting residents in a vast and sparsely populated state often left off presidential itineraries. Obama, the first sitting president to cross the Arctic Circle, is pushing to marshal support for an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.