Anchorage, Alaska (CNN)To hear the White House describe Alaska, the state has become the canary in the climate change coal mine, complete with raging wildfires, accelerating ice melt in the arctic, vanishing glaciers and whole villages forced to relocate away from rising seas.
President Barack Obama will carry that urgent message to Alaska this week in the hopes his long journey away from his busy agenda in Washington will begin to change the national conversation on global warming.
His first step while he’s there: officially renaming the country’s tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali, an historic nod to the region’s native population, which the White House says is under threat from the already-present threat of climate change. “This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.
All week long, Obama will try to call attention to Alaska as a kind of climate change ground zero. Whether it’s a hike on a melting glacier near the town of Seward or his visit with a fisherman in the remote coastal village of Dillingham, the President wants a distracted public to see the jarring effects of global warming through his own eyes.
Hold on, Obama can just do that? Can look at a mountain that has been around for hundreds of thousands of years and be like yup, that shit is Denali now. How is that possible? I’m not trying to be an alarmist here but this seems like a gross misuse of power. Obama is acting like a 4 year old that calls things whatever he wants even if it’s the wrong name. That’s Mt. McKinley, Barry. Not Mt. Denali. Get the fuck out of here with this bullshit. Trump wouldn’t pull this shit, he may put a hotel next to the mountain and slap a big TRUMP sign on it, but he wouldn’t do this, he’s too busy making America great again.
Probably speaks to my lack of intelligence that I saw this and immediately thought “why would Obama name a mountain after a GMC SUV that all the rich soccer moms drive?”. Little did I know Denali was apparently this mountain’s original name, learn something new everyday I guess.