“And that second is almost upon us”. He’ll then trek through wilderness while being taped for an episode of the NBC show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”, which tests celebrities on their survival skills. But Obama’s blogging is sending another message: that he’s able to fly around in a very large plane. The retreat of Arctic sea ice has created opportunities for shipping, tourism, mineral exploration, and fishing, but the rush of marine traffic that has followed is bringing new difficulties. It was impossible for the public to see the president get off the helicopter and into a waiting motorcade as he headed for Exit Glacier but the crowd was enthusiastic none the less.
“Alaskans are already living with the effects of climate change”, Obama says in his trip blog.
He also added that while McKinley lost his namesake in Alaska, the former President still has several things named after him in Ohio.
Obama is counting on Alaska’s exquisite but deteriorating landscape to elicit a sense of urgency that his previous calls to action on climate change have not.
And it is something that has been championed by republicans – like Sen.
The United States, by contrast, has three in all.
“We’re proving that there does not should be a battle between a sound setting and powerful financial objectives”, he stated.
On his first day in Alaska, Obama offered no new policy prescriptions or federal efforts to slow global warming, but said the U.S.is doing its part by working to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases by up to 28 percent over the next decade.
To establish a more accurate summit height, the USGS partnered with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), Dewberry, CompassData, (a subcontractor to Dewberry) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to conduct a precise Global Positioning System (GPS) measurement of a specific point at the mountain’s peak.
“This is as good a signpost of what we’re dealing with on climate change as just about anything”, Obama told the reporters waiting on the outwash plain at the base of the glacier.
The President will be in Alaska through Wednesday.
During his speech, President Obama mentioned some of what he’d learned.
In Kotzebue – inhabitants three, 153 – Obama deliberate to deal with the plight of Alaska Natives, who face dire financial circumstances amid a number of the worst results of worldwide warming.
For the remainder of the afternoon, Obama set sail on a private boat and received a guided tour from Laura Sturtz, National Park Service operations supervisor for interpretation.
Mt. McKinley, now to be known as Denali, appears on the horizon at…
On Sunday, just before President Obama jetted off to Alaska on a trip designed to shine the spotlight on climate change, his administration announced Mount McKinley, the nation’s highest peak at 20,320 feet, would be renamed Denali, which is the moniker native Alaskans affixed to it for hundreds of years.