Presidential Papers, September 2015

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Author: Barack H. Obama

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Remarks at Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska

September 1, 2015

So you guys have been seeing these signs as we've walked that mark where the glacier used to be: 1917, 1951. This glacier has lost about a mile and a half over the last couple hundred years. But the pace of the reductions of the glacier are accelerating rapidly each and every year. And this is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything.

This is one of the most studied glaciers because it's so easily accessible. But what it indicates, because of the changing patterns of winters with less snow, longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the glacier is receding. And it sends a message about the urgency that we're going to need to have when it comes to dealing with this, because obviously, when the glaciers erode, that's also a sign of the amount of water that's being introduced into the oceans, rising sea levels. And the warming generally is having an impact on the flora and fauna of this national park.

It is spectacular though. And we want to make sure that our grandkids can see this.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 1 p.m.

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Remarks at Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015] in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015] (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, September 1, 2015), Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J96Z3ARNMJY2QMR.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Remarks at Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015], in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015], Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, September 1, 2015, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J96Z3ARNMJY2QMR.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Remarks at Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015]. cited in September 1, 2015, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for September 2015], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J96Z3ARNMJY2QMR.