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Glacier hike and fjords tour: Obama opts for optics to show reality of climate change

Glacier hike and fjords tour: Obama opts for optics to show reality of climate change

As President Obama makes his biggest sustained public push yet on fighting climate change, he and top aides seem to be realizing that they need their own theatrics. Six months ago, a leading Republican skeptic brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. On Tuesday, Obama saw that snowball, and raised the senator a melting glacier. “How's this?” Obama called out to reporters after arriving at the Exit Glacier, a helicopter ride south of Anchorage over the Chugach Mountains. “Beats being in the office.” After delivering a stern warning about the impact of climate change the night before, Obama ditched the convention hall lecture for a hike on a shimmering...

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