(Updates with comments from Obama)By Roberta Rampton Aug 31 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at
showing how the state’s melting permafrost and eroding
coastlines are a preview of bigger disasters to come unless the
world does more to slow climate change.With 16 months left in office, Obama is trying to build
support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power
plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal at a U.N.
summit in Paris in December that could cement his legacy on the
issue.”None of the nations represented here are moving fast
enough,” Obama told a meeting of foreign ministers from
countries with Arctic interests.”This year, in Paris, must be the year that the world
finally reaches an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got
while we still can,” Obama said.

The White House has said Obama will announce new policies
this week to help Arctic communities adapt to climate change.But the main purpose of his trip is to draw attention to the
threats facing the state to convince Americans to reduce fossil
fuel use and boost renewable energy production.”It’s a really important punctuation mark on what he’s
saying is a top priority for him,” said Sharon Burke, a former
Pentagon official who worked on energy issues for Obama.

The hype for the tour began on Sunday with an announcement
that Obama would rename North America’s tallest mountain as
Denali, restoring the traditional Alaska native name to what
maps and tourists currently call Mount McKinley.Obama snapped a photo of Denali from Air Force One and
posted it on Instagram shortly before meeting with a group of
native leaders on the ground.

“They described for me villages that are slipping into the
sea,” Obama said. “It’s urgent for them today, but that is the
future for all of us if we don’t take care.”He spent part of his seven-hour flight to Alaska talking
with Governor Bill Walker, who said he thanked Obama for a
recent decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the
Chukchi Sea.Environmental groups have howled about that move, saying it
contradicts Obama’s message on climate. “Shell no!” a small
group of protesters shouted outside the Arctic summit, waving
skulls made to look like the company’s logo.On Tuesday and Wednesday, Obama plans to head out of
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