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Barack Obama warns against the dangers of global warming

Translated Saturday 5 September 2015, by Rosalind Sanders

Barack Obama assured the country that human beings do have the ability to deal with global warming

During a conference on the Arctic, organised on Monday by the State Department in Anchorage, Alaska, the president of the United States called for the states to take action. Barack Obama assured the conference that human beings do have the ability to deal with global warming, but that “the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it”. The President’s visit, however, highlights a paradox: on 17th August, he gave permission to the oil company Shell to drill in the waters off the north coast of Alaska. As The New York Times summarises it, “The Arctic may be the backdrop for the President’s call for action, but it is also an area in which the contradictory elements within his environmental policy clash”. The government’s response to this is that the United States still relies on fossil fuels and so it is better to support an internal energy supply through drilling rather than importing oil.


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