The move to protect 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will spark a battle with Alaska Republicans.
Obama told them that cities are “often the place where change happens fastest.”
In Kansas, the president spoke of his grandmother and his need for child care when his daughters were young.
On Wednesday Obama tapped Brian Deese, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, to take over the White House’s energy and environment portfolio.
The president is investing heavily in what he can do through unilateral action and alliances outside Washington.
The White House is taking on climate skeptics directly this year, by seating in the first lady’s box a scientist who’s studied sea level rise.
After six years in office, there are just four states President Obama has failed to visit.
He plans to propose raising $320 billion over the next 10 years in new taxes on wealthy individuals and big financial institutions to pay for programs aimed at helping lower- and middle-income people.
The State Department informed eight agencies Friday they have until Feb. 2 to comment on whether the Keystone XL pipeline would serve the national interest.
President Obama will propose granting Americans seven days a year of paid sick time, White House officials said Wednesday.