>> The United States has been privileged to lead the Arctic Council.>> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosting foreign ministers from arctic nations at a summit in Alaska Thursday. Targeting a range of problems in the region which is warming at a faster pace than any other part of the world.
Clouding the talks, the US President's stance on climate change.>> The global warming, a lot of its a hoax, it's a hoax.>> President Trump's reluctance to fight global warming putting Tillerson in a tough spot. Reuters correspondent Tim Gardner is in Fairbanks.>> It is an awkward situation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
As what's on the minds of delegates here is how to use the Paris agreement and other agreements to stop the changes or at least slow them down. The melting of the permafrost and the glaciers which was causing rising seas. And the opening of ceilings and the fisheries that the countries want to agree how to take care of that.
>> Arctic council members from Canada, Norway and other nations no doubt putting pressure on the secretary of state to keep the US in the 2015 Paris agreement from which Trump has threatened to pull out. Adding further pressure on Trump, scientists from the U.S. and other Arctic nations issued a report ahead of the meeting.
Warning the impact of climate change, left unchecked, could lead to trillions of dollars worth of damage to infrastructure. The White House was expected to decide on whether the US will leave the Paris deal by the end of the month, but now says that Trump needs more time.