I couldn't make up my mind on what to post from Obama's Alaska trip, and in the end I didn't put anything. It's good that he's going there to show some of the most visible effects of climate change, which will hopefully raise awareness, but that's an economy that relies on oil production. That's a tough message to balance, as described in a recent Brookings blog post.
One interesting comment he made was that he wants more icebreakers up there, competing with the Russians. That's probably a good thing.
Finally, speaking of fossil fuels (and Brookings), I came across this nice little summary that lets you identify the power mix in your area. Natural gas is a growing share of our power here in Baltimore. Again, gas is better than coal, though obviously worse than renewables. Progress?