ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
The trip is more about visuals than words, and the high point comes Tuesday when Obama flies by helicopter to Seward to hike the famed Exit Glacier, a sprawling expanse of ice that is liquefying under warmer temperatures.
The U.S. currently has two working icebreakers, compared to Russia's 40. The White House said Tuesday it would ask Congress to speed up construction of new icebreakers.
Perhaps I'm missing something, but the guy is so worried about global warming that rather than doing his speechifying via Skype, he's burning thousands of gallons of fuel to ferry himself and his entourage to and from Alaska. He's burning more to fly to a glacier so that he can hike around to demonstrate his great concern. He and Mooch sure love to travel.
And on top of all that, he wants us to build more icebreakers.
Now, if everything's melting, why would we need more icebreakers?
This guy's a walking set of contradictions.