The Alaska Dispatch News published an article titled, ” Papp hopes next president will carry on U.S. Arctic policies”. The article reads in part as follows:
“A year ago, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to travel above the Arctic Circle. The president’s historic three-day visit to Alaska, where he met with Native villagers and saw effects of climate warming first-hand, was a milestone that cemented his deep commitment to the Arctic and the circumpolar north, the State Department’s top Arctic official said Thursday.
“When he came back after three days up here, he felt it personally because he had a chance to talk to people,” Adm. Robert Papp, the State Department’s U.S. Arctic representative, said in a speech to the World Affairs Council of Alaska. “It may not be the No. 1 priority right now, but it’s up in the top 10, I assure you. It’s going to be a legacy issue for him, as well, as he goes forward.”
But will the next president be as interested in the Arctic as Obama is?”