President Barack Obama waves after speaking at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Two days before heading to Alaska to raise climate change awareness, U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday defended his controversial decision to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea.Obama on Monday begins a three-day trip to Alaska, the largest state in America which is already seeing the effects of climate change, including melting glaciers and the thawing of permafrost.After landing in Anchorage Monday, Obama's visit will include a meeting with fishermen in the town of Dillingham, a tour of the Northwest Arctic city of Kotzebue, a visit to glaciers and the GLACIER international conference on the Arctic in Anchorage.
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