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This July 30, 2014 photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

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The unambiguous goal of the president’s trip is to use dramatic and alarming changes to Alaska’s climate to instill fresh urgency into his global warming agenda.
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Facing fierce winds and high seas, Shell halts Arctic drilling

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Shell temporarily halted exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean as the weather worsened on Thursday.
Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on  April 17.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

Native Alaskans tout Arctic energy development before president’s visit

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An advertisement airing on Alaska television asks President Barack Obama to keep supporting Arctic energy development.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets fairgoers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clinton: Arctic drilling not worth the ‘risk’

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One day after the Obama administration authorized Shell to drill deeper below the Arctic Ocean, Hillary Clinton signaled she would make a different decision.
This June 15, 2015 file photo shows kayakers trying to block the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington.  (Tim Exton/AFP/Getty Images)

Green groups: Arctic drilling ‘inconsistent’ with Obama’s climate change crusade

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Arctic drilling is “inconsistent” with efforts to stay within a global carbon budget, environmentalists warn in a new report.
In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

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Polar bears, a marine mammal, were declared a threatened species in 2008 under former President George W. Bush because of diminishing sea ice brought on by global climate warming.
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Shell forges ahead in Arctic with exploratory well

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Shell Oil Co.’s first test is excavating a 20-foot wide, 40-foot deep cavern in the seabed that can shelter an emergency device known as a blowout preventer from passing icebergs.
This  April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific.  (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

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Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it’s repaired.
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Obama administration OKs Arctic drilling, but imposes big constraints on Shell

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Shell could begin work within days, but the government-imposed restrictions could keep its drill bits from reaching potential oil-bearing rock thousands of feet below the surface of the Chukchi Sea.
The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials off Singapore in November 2014, following shipyard work and upgrades. Those improvements included a new main propulsion system, environmental controls and enhancements to the drilling systems. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Shell-contracted drillships begin final Arctic journey

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Shell Oil Co. still doesn’t have the final permits it needs to begin boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea, but the Noble Discoverer’s departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Friday suggests the company’s confidence that those authorizations are on the horizon.