Obama snapped a photo of Denali from Air Force One and posted it on Instagram shortly before meeting with a group of native leaders on the ground.
We have a suggestion: If, in another 100 years or so, Ohio and Alaska are still feuding over the name of the mountain, the dispute should be settled by having each congressional delegation climb to the top of it. Whoever gets there first gets to choose the name.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, a West Chester Republican, joined the chorus of dismay, saying he was “deeply disappointed” by the president’s action.
Frantz’s children are all named for mountains, including his 17-year-old son, McKinley.
Lawmakers from former President McKinley’s home state of Ohio have blasted the decision. The name was then formally recognized.
President Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday afternoon and spoke of renewed commitment to mitigating the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, the Associated Press reported. They’ve received less attention than others amid Obama’s recent efforts to improve conditions for Native Americans.
The hike is supposed to be the high point of this week’s trip to Alaska, undertaken for the goal of dramatizing global warming.
Previous year alone, the Exit glacier melted and retreated 187 feet toward the Harding ice field, which itself has lost 10 percent of its mass since 1950, mainly due to climate change. And he can’t fail to be gravely moved when he goes on the road to see the melting glaciers and meet fishing communities and at-risk Native Alaskans this week.
“I think that it was first of all important that he acknowledged the impact of climate change on Alaska’s indigenous peoples”.
“I share people’s concerns about offshore drilling”.
President Barack Obama looks at a pastry display during a stop at at Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. But the economy, he said, still relies on oil and gas while it transitions to cleaner renewable fuels. “Several Arctic nations have already committed to action”.
Obama’s remarks at a State Department conference on climate change in the Arctic are part of a multiday swing through the state, where he will bring the White House’s spotlight on climate change. Obama set that target as the USA commitment to a major global climate treaty to be finalized in December, and has urged fellow leaders to make similarly ambitious pledges as works to secure a cornerstone of his environmental legacy. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) was similarly enthused. He also planned to board a U.S. Coast Guard vessel to tour the park by boat before returning to Anchorage later Tuesday. The sprawling expanse of ice is retreating, and environmentalists cite it as a dramatic sign of warming temperatures.
During his speech, President Obama mentioned some of what he’d learned.