Alaska GLACIER Conference

Alaska GLACIER Conference

The Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER, will highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic. At the direction of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee, the Department of State is developing the agenda for GLACIER in close coordination with the White House, and Departments and Agencies of the United States Government with Arctic responsibilities.

This global leadership focus on the Arctic is intended to generate momentum and expedite progress in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the region. This conference will bring together Foreign Ministers of Arctic nations and key non-Arctic states with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic. Representatives of Arctic indigenous peoples will be invited to attend and encouraged to participate. GLACIER will discuss individual and collective action to address climate change in the Arctic; raise the visibility of climate impacts in the Arctic as a harbinger for the world, and the Arctic’s unique role in global climate change; identify ways that Arctic innovators are responding to these critical challenges; and share opportunities to prepare and respond to other issues in the changing Arctic.

GLACIER will take place during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, but is not an Arctic Council sponsored event. GLACIER is also not directly related to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (otherwise known as COP-21) taking place in late 2015. This conference will, however, help to focus attention on the challenges and opportunities that the Arctic Council intends to address and highlight how a region vulnerable to climate change is experiencing and responding to these impacts, helping to drive political will for ambitious action at COP-21.

The full-day event will begin with an opening plenary session, after which attendees may participate in one of three tracks. Foreign Ministers will participate in sessions focused on changes in the Arctic and global implications of those changes, climate resilience and adaptation planning, and strengthening coordination on Arctic issues.

For more:  http://www.state.gov/e/oes/glacier/index.htm

 

WH 2015 Alaska GLACIER Conference

Camai President Obama

Monday, August 31, 2015

President Obama participates in a roundtable with Alaska Natives
Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

President Barack Obama announces a “secretarial order” that has officially restored the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America, previously known as Mt. McKinley
Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama addresses the GLACIER Conference
Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama meets with foreign ministers, scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic region at the GLACIER Conference
Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

President Obama hikes to the Exit Glacier
Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

President Obama participates in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

President Obama announces New Investments to Enhance Safety and Security in the Changing Arctic

President Obama Announces New Investments to Combat Climate Change and Assist Remote Alaskan Communities

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

President Obama tours the Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project
Kanakanak Beach, Dillingham, Alaska

President Obama meets with local fisherman and families
Kanakanak Beach, Dillingham, Alaska

President Obama visits a local business
N&N Market, Dillingham, Alaska

President Obama attends a cultural performance
Dillingham Middle School, Dillingham, Alaska

President Obama delivers remarks on Energy Policy
Kotzebue HIgh School, Kotzebue, Alaska

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  1. WH

    Monday, August 31 , 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:25 AM
    President Obama departs White House

    10:40 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    11:00 AM
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    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:40 PM
    President Obama arrives Anchorage, Alaska

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:15 PM
    President Obama participates in a roundtable with Alaska Natives
    Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama addresses the GLACIER Conference
    Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in Anchorage, Alaska

    • POTUS podium

      August 31, 2015

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      9:00 PM ET
      President Obama addresses the GLACIER Conference
      Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      2:00 PM ET
      State Department
      Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?327861-1/state-department-briefing

      9:00 PM ET
      President Obama addresses the GLACIER Conference http://www.c-span.org/video/?327860-1/president-obama-remarks-climate-change

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      Alaska GLACIER Conference http://www.state.gov/e/oes/glacier/video/index.htm

      Monday, August 31, 2015

      Opening Plenary (9:30am)

      Traditional Welcome Ceremony: Mr. Lee Stephan, Tribal Chief from Eklutna

      Remarks:

      Mayor of Anchorage, Ethan Berkowitz
      Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska, Reggie Joule
      Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, Byron Mallott
      Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr. John Holdren
      Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
      Secretary of State, Hon. John F. Kerry
      Sessions Begin

      FOREIGN MINISTER SESSION 11: “The Arctic’s Unique Role in Influencing the Global Climate”

      Speakers:

      Foreign Minister of Norway, Borge Brende (Chair)
      Dr. Julie Brigham Grette, Chair of the Polar Research Board at the National Academies of Science (NAS)
      Dr. Svante Bodin, European Director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)
      POLICY TRACK A, SESSION 1: “Building the Resilience of Arctic Coastal Communities in the Face of Climate Change”

      Speaker: Ms. Christina Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality

      POLICY TRACK B, SESSION 1: “Strengthening International Preparedness and Cooperation for Emergency Response”

      Moderator/Speaker: Mr. Gary Rasicot, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Marine Transportation Systems

      Lunch

      FOREIGN MINISTER LUNCH: Brief keynote remarks during a seated meal

      Speaker: Mr. Evon Peter, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

      Sessions Resume

      FOREIGN MINISTER SESSION 2: “Focus Session on Climate Resilience and Adaptation Planning”

      Speakers:

      Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström (Chair)
      The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, United States
      Mr. Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister for Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs, Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark
      Professor Johan Rockström (moderator)

      POLICY TRACK B, SESSION 2: “Preventing Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean”

      Speaker: Ambassador David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Department of State

      FOREIGN MINISTER SESSION 3: “Strengthening Arctic Cooperation and Coordination on Ocean Stewardship, Environmental Protection, and Support to Local Communities”

      Participants:

      Foreign Minister Soini (Finland), Chair
      Foreign Minister Jensen (Denmark)
      Foreign Minister Sveinsson (Iceland)
      Foreign Minister Brende (Norway)
      U.S. Secretary of State, John F. Kerry
      POLICY TRACK A, SESSION 3: “Healthy Arctic Homes: Designing Cold Climate Structures for the 21st Century (Addressing Health, Efficiency, & Resiliency through Innovative Housing Technologies)”

      Moderator/Speaker: Dr. Michael Bruce, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arctic Investigations Program – Alaska

      POLICY TRACK B, SESSION 3: “Strengthening Observation Networks”

      Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

      Concluding Remarks

      End Event (5:30pm)

  2. 2015 Alaska GLACIER Conference

    The Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER, will highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic. At the direction of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee, the Department of State is developing the agenda for GLACIER in close coordination with the White House, and Departments and Agencies of the United States Government with Arctic responsibilities.

    This global leadership focus on the Arctic is intended to generate momentum and expedite progress in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the region. This conference will bring together Foreign Ministers of Arctic nations and key non-Arctic states with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic. Representatives of Arctic indigenous peoples will be invited to attend and encouraged to participate. GLACIER will discuss individual and collective action to address climate change in the Arctic; raise the visibility of climate impacts in the Arctic as a harbinger for the world, and the Arctic’s unique role in global climate change; identify ways that Arctic innovators are responding to these critical challenges; and share opportunities to prepare and respond to other issues in the changing Arctic.

    GLACIER will take place during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, but is not an Arctic Council sponsored event. GLACIER is also not directly related to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (otherwise known as COP-21) taking place in late 2015. This conference will, however, help to focus attention on the challenges and opportunities that the Arctic Council intends to address and highlight how a region vulnerable to climate change is experiencing and responding to these impacts, helping to drive political will for ambitious action at COP-21.

    For more: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/glacier/index.htm

    • 2015 Alaska GLACIER Conference

      July 23, 2015 state.gov

      The U.S. Department of State will host a major event in Anchorage, Alaska on August 30-31, 2015 entitled the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER). GLACIER will focus the world’s attention on the most urgent issues facing the Arctic today and provide an unprecedented opportunity for foreign ministers and key stakeholders to define the region’s most crucial challenges; highlight innovative ways in which these challenges can be addressed at the local, national and international levels; and broaden global awareness of the impacts of Arctic climate change.

      The State Department has invited foreign ministers and high-level leaders from the seven other Arctic nations as well as countries and intergovernmental bodies with strong interests in the Arctic, including Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Cabinet-level U.S. Government officials will also be invited. Leading policy makers, indigenous leaders and influential public and private sector representatives from Alaska, the Arctic region and around the world are also expected to attend.

      GLACIER is being organized and implemented by the U.S. Department of State with strong support and cooperation from across the U.S. Government. On July 17, 2015 the White House announced that President Obama will address the GLACIER conference.

      For further details, please visit http://www.state.gov/glacier

    • August 20, 2015

      Resilience AmeriCorps Announces Ten Cities for Its Pilot Program to Support Communities in Building Capacity and Technical Support for Climate Resilience

      Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) and Federal partners, along with The Rockefeller Foundation and Cities of Service, today announced the selection of ten Resilience AmeriCorps cities. Today’s announcement responds to a recommendation made by the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to enhance commitments to building resilience in vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change – many of which are already facing economic or health-related challenges.

      CNCS, the federal agency which administers AmeriCorps, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — with additional guidance and support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and programmatic implementation through partnership with Cities of Service to drive long-term outcomes– announced the creation of the first-ever Resilience AmeriCorps in July. The two-year pilot program will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members in ten communities across the country to increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/19/resilience-americorps-announces-ten-cities-its-pilot-program-support

    • Climate Impacts in Alaska

      Alaska is a huge state with a wide range of climatic and ecological conditions. It is known for its rainforests, glaciers, boreal forest, tundra, peatlands, and meadows. Alaska contains 75% of U.S. national parks and 90% of U.S. wildlife refuges, by area.

      Over the past 50 years, temperatures across Alaska increased by an average of 3.4°F. Winter warming was even greater, rising by an average of 6.3°F.[2]The rate of warming in Alaska was twice the national average over that same period of time. Average annual temperatures in Alaska are projected to increase an additional 3.5 to 7°F by the middle of this century.

      Precipitation in Alaska has also increased slightly, but the trend is not significant. Climate projections indicate that Alaskan winters are likely to be wetter, and that summers could become drier, as rising air temperatures accelerate the rate of evaporation.

      For more: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/alaska.html

    • PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL VISIT ALASKA AT END OF AUGUST TO ATTEND GLACIER CONFERENCE

      18 JUL 2015 BY NativeNewsOnline.net

      WASHINGTON — The White House announced on Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday, August 31, 2015, to address the U.S. State Department’s GLACIER conference.

      The conference is entitled Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER.

      “GLACIER will convene foreign ministers from Arctic nations and key non-Arctic states with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic region to discuss how climate change is reshaping the Arctic, increase global awareness of how Arctic climate change is affecting the rest of the world, and identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges,” according to White House spokesperson Hallie Ruvin.

      Arctic indigenous people are invited to attend this conference.

      For more: http://nativenewsonline.net/briefs/president-obama-will-visit-alaska-at-end-of-august-to-attend-glacier-conference/

    • OBAMA WILL ANNOUNCE RENAMING OF MT. MCKINLEY TO TRADITIONAL NATIVE NAME OF “DENALI” ON MONDAY

      President Obama to Announce New Steps to Enhance Administration Collaboration with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska, and Local Communities

      August 30. 2015 BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF

      ANCHORAGE— As part of the presidential trip to Anchorage, Alaska tomorrow, President Barack Obama will announce that the federal government has officially restored the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America, previously known as Mt. McKinley.

      THIS DESIGNATION RECOGNIZES THE SACRED STATUS OF DENALI TO GENERATIONS OF ALASKA NATIVES. DENALI MEANS THE HIGH ONE OR GREAT ONE TO THE KOYUKON ATHABASCAN.

      Climate change threatens the way of life of Alaska Natives across the state, from the North Slope to Bristol Bay. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and is experiencing the consequences. Higher average temperatures are diminishing the range of winter sea ice, allowing heavy storm surges that sea ice once kept at bay to batter the Alaskan coastline, and interrupting the winter hunting season for Alaska Natives.

      For more: http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/obama-will-announce-renaming-of-mt-mckinley-to-traditional-native-name-of-denali-on-monday/

      • President Obama in Alaska
        McKinley no more: America’s tallest peak to be renamed Denali

        August 30, 2015 Erica Martinson – doi.gov

        It’s official: Denali is now the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley.

        With the approval of President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed a “secretarial order” to officially change the name, the White House and Interior Department announced Sunday. The announcement comes roughly 24 hours before Obama touches down in Anchorage for a whirlwind tour of Alaska.

        Talk of the name change has swirled in Alaska this year since the National Park Service officially registered no objection in a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.

        The tallest mountain in North America has long been known to Alaskans as Denali, its Koyukon Athabascan name, but its official name was not changed with the creation of Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980, 6 million acres carved out for federal protection under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The state changed the name of the park’s tallest mountain to Denali at that time, but the federal government did not.

        Jewell’s authority stems from a 1947 federal law that allows her to make changes to geographic names through the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, according to the department.

        “I think for people like myself that have known the mountain as Denali for years and certainly for Alaskans, it’s something that’s been a long time coming,” Jewell told Alaska Dispatch News Sunday.

        Every year, the same story plays out in Washington, D.C.: Alaska legislators sometimes file bills to change the name from Mount McKinley to Denali, and every year, someone in the Ohio congressional delegation — the home state of the 25th President William McKinley — files legislation to block a name change.

        Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation said they were happy with the action.

        For more; http://www.adn.com/article/20150830/it-s-official-it-s-denali

    • Presiden Obama Alaska Itinerary

      Monday, August 31, 2015

      President Obama participates in a roundtable with Alaska Natives
      Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

      President Barack Obama announces a “secretarial order” that has officially restored the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America, previously known as Mt. McKinley
      Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

      President Obama addresses the GLACIER Conference
      Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

      President Obama meets with foreign ministers, scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from Alaska and the Arctic region at the GLACIER Conference
      Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

      • August 31, 2015

        Remarks by the President After Roundtable with Alaska Native Leaders

        Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
        Anchorage, Alaska

        4:22 P.M. AKDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Well, I am thrilled to be in Alaska. And I look forward to spending the next few days with everyday Alaskans to tell me what’s going on in their lives and what’s going on in this remarkable state.

        I want to thank our Governor, Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, as well as Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of Interior for joining us.

        But the main purpose of this meeting was to give me an opportunity to interact and listen to some Alaska Native tribal leaders. A number of them I’ve met with before during the Tribal Summits that we’ve had in Washington. But this gave me a chance to focus more intensely on specifically what’s happening in Alaska. And they don’t just represent a large portion of Alaska’s population; these are communities that have been around for 10,000 years or so. So it’s worth paying attention to them because they know a little bit from all that history.

        Since I took office, I’ve been committed to sustaining a government-to-government relationship between the United States and our tribal nations. We host tribal leaders in Washington every year. I’ve visited Indian Country at the Standing Rock Reservation and the Choctaw Nation. This week, we’re going to be visiting two more tribal communities here in Alaska — in Dillingham and Kotzebue.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/31/remarks-president-after-roundtable-alaska-native-leaders

        • INSIDE THE PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE WITH ALASKA NATIVE LEADERS

          Published August 31, 2015 BY LEVI RICKERT – NativeNewsOnLine

          ANCHORAGE – President Barack Obama made a historic trip to Alaska on Monday becoming the first United States president to meet with a group of Alaska Native leaders. The setting was called a roundtable with Native leaders at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

          The purpose of the roundtable was to give President Obama an opportunity to interact and listen to some of the Alaska Native tribe leaders.

          At the end of the roundtable discussion, President Obama told the Alaska Native leaders:

          “Since I took office I’ve been committed to sustaining a government to government relationship between the United States and our tribal nations. We host tribal leaders in Washington every year. I went to Indian country at Standing Rock reservation and the Choctaw Nation.

          THIS WEEK I’M GOING TO BE VISITING TWO MORE TRIBAL COMMUNITIES HERE IN ALASKA, IN DILLINGHAM AND KOTZEBUE. AND IN FACT, BY THE END OF MY TIME IN OFFICE, I’LL HAVE VISITED MORE TRIBAL COMMUNITIES THAN ANY PREVIOUS SITTING PRESIDENT. AND I FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT. IN CASE ANYBODY’S KEEPING TRACK.

          One of the things that we’ve been focused on is how can we work together and improve communication, consultation, collaboration and participation and dealing with the issues that face Native communities. We’ve made progress so far in providing support to tribal youth, expanding access to health care and disaster assistance, and making sure that we’re addressing squarely, the profound violence against native women.

          One of the biggest things that I heard during this discussion was the need for us to work more intensively and more collaboratively with communities, particularly in rural areas that are burdened by crippling energy costs.

          And so in addition to initiatives around renewable energy and how we can be more creative in helping local communities deal with high energy costs and bringing them down, housing that is more energy efficient and can save people money, we are also going to be paying attention to how we can work together in tandem to the wisdom and knowledge of tribal communities in managing and conserving land in the face of what is a profound global challenge.

          For more: http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/inside-the-presidential-roundtable-with-alaska-native-leaders/

      • President Barack Obama announces a “secretarial order” that has officially restored the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America, previously known as Mt. McKinley
        Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

      • September 01, 2015

        Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference — Anchorage, AK

        Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
        Anchorage, Alaska

        5:00 P.M. AKDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Alaska. (Applause.)

        I want to thank Secretary Kerry and members of my administration for your work here today. Thank you to the many Alaskans, Alaska Natives and other indigenous peoples of the Arctic who’ve traveled a long way, in many cases, to share your insights and your experiences. And to all the foreign ministers and delegations who’ve come here from around the world — welcome to the United States, and thank you all for attending this GLACIER Conference.

        The actual name of the conference is much longer. It’s a mouthful, but the acronym works because it underscores the incredible changes that are taking place here in the Arctic that impact not just the nations that surround the Arctic, but have an impact for the entire world, as well.

        I want to thank the people of Alaska for hosting this conference. I look forward to visiting more of Alaska over the next couple of days. The United States is, of course, an Arctic nation. And even if this isn’t an official gathering of the Arctic Council, the United States is proud to chair the Arctic Council for the next two years. And to all the foreign dignitaries who are here, I want to be very clear — we are eager to work with your nations on the unique opportunities that the Arctic presents and the unique challenges that it faces. We are not going to — any of us — be able to solve these challenges by ourselves. We can only solve them together.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/01/remarks-president-glacier-conference-anchorage-ak

      • September 01, 2015

        Statement by the Press Secretary on Alaska expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

        Governor Walker made the right decision to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of Alaska residents, including Alaska Natives, beginning today. Alaska is the 29th state in addition to the District of Columbia to implement this option and prioritize the health of the state’s citizens over narrow political interests. Hospitals and businesses throughout Alaska will save on uncompensated care costs, and hardworking families will gain the peace of mind that comes with health security. Today’s news is an important step in ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance, and we’ll continue to work with the 21 states that have not yet taken advantage of Federal funds to expand Medicaid eligibility to over 4 million Americans who needlessly remain uninsured.

    • Presiden Obama Alaska Itinerary

      Tuesday, September 1, 2015

      President Obama hikes to the Exit Glacier
      Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

      President Obama participates in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park
      Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

      • September 01, 2015

        Remarks by the President at Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, AK

        Exit Glacier
        Kenai Fjords National Park
        Alaska

        THE PRESIDENT: So you guys have been seeing these signs as we’ve walked that mark where the glacier used to be — 1917, 1951. This glacier has lost about a mile and a half over the last couple hundred years. But the pace of the reductions of the glacier are accelerating rapidly each and every year. And this is as good of a signpost of what we’re dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything.

        This is one of the most studied glaciers because it’s so easily accessible. But what it indicates, because of the changing patterns of winters with less snow, longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the glacier is receding. And it sends a message about the urgency that we’re going to need to have when it comes to dealing with this, because, obviously, when the glaciers erode, that’s also a sign of the amount of water that’s being introduced into the oceans — rising sea levels. And the warming, generally is having an impact on the flora and fauna of this national park.

        It is spectacular, though. And we want to make sure that our grandkids can see this.

        END

      • September 02, 2015

        Remarks by the President at Seward Harbor

        Seward Harbor
        Seward, Alaska

        4:24 P.M. EDT

        THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to go out and look at some of these spectacular fjords on one of our Coast Guard cutters. But before we go out, I just wanted to mention that one of the things we’ve been trying to highlight during this trip is the changing nature of the Arctic, partly as a consequence of climate change. There’s a whole series of strategic implications — economic and national security — and one of the things that we have to think about is how do we maintain our capabilities when it comes to maritime issues and commerce.

        After World War II, we had seven icebreakers — four under the Navy, three under the Coast Guard. Today, in part because we haven’t been reinvesting, although we technically have three, operationally we really only have two, and only one heavy icebreaker. Just to give you a sense of contrast, Russia has about 40, and 11 icebreakers either planned or under construction.

        Now, in light of the changes that are going to be taking place, and the fact that we’re going to be seeing more commercial vessels going through the Arctic, even if we’re on top of the climate change issues, some of the change is already happening and is going to be inevitable. It’s important that we are prepared so that whether it’s for search-and-rescue missions, whether it’s for national security reasons, whether it’s for commercial reasons, that we have much greater capabilities than we currently have.

        So one of the things that I’m announcing today is a proposal to accelerate the construction of at least one additional heavy icebreaker, and to work with Congress to make sure that we are producing a sufficient fleet to meet our economic, commercial, maritime and national security needs.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/02/remarks-president-seward-harbor

    • Presiden Obama Alaska Itinerary

      Wednesday, September 2, 2015

      President Obama tours the Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project
      Kanakanak Beach, Dillingham, Alaska

      President Obama meets with local fisherman and families
      Kanakanak Beach, Dillingham, Alaska

      President Obama visits a local business
      N&N Market, Dillingham, Alaska

      President Obama attends a cultural performance
      Dillingham Middle School, Dillingham, Alaska

      President Obama delivers remarks on Energy Policy
      Kotzebue High School, Kotzebue, Alaska

      • Dillingham anticipates President Barack Obama’s arrival

        Published on Sep 2, 2015

        As Dillingham prepared for a Wednesday visit from President Barack Obama, talk of salmon — and the proposed Pebble Mine — dominated conversations in the Bristol Bay fishing community.

      • President Obama Tours the Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project

        Published on Sep 3, 2015

        Kotzebue, AK.

      • September 02, 2015

        Remarks by the President at Local Stop — Dillingham, AK

        N&N Market
        Dillingham, Alaska

        2:02 P.M. AKDT

        THE PRESIDENT: One of the reasons we stopped by along with Ralph is just to highlight the fact that obviously this is a great grocery store, folks do great work, but because everything has to be shipped in, the costs for folks living in Dillingham and a lot of the villages along Bristol Bay end up being extraordinary. You’re looking at prices that are double, in some cases, or even higher for basic necessities like milk, like orange juice, like other produce.

        That’s part of the reason why the subsistence economy is so important and why fishing is so important. But it’s also why folks like Ralph and some of the various tribal organizations are trying to do more economic development in the area in order to start making some of these things more affordable, but also having more locally produced stuff that can end up cutting prices and create jobs in the region. So we’re going to be working on some ideas on economic development in the region.

        But in the meantime, if you need something — I thought the press corps might need to get some supplies. Feel free to grab something. We’re not going to be here too long, though. I’m going to be shaking some hands.

        END
        2:03 P.M. AKDT

      • PRESIDENT OBAMA AT DILLINGHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL LEARNED HOW THE YUP’IK DANCE

        03 SEP 2015 BY ARTHUR JACOBS – nativenewsonline

        DILLINGHAM, ALASKA – At the Dillingham Middle School, President Obama was treated to a youth cultural dance performance. The grade-scool-aged children performed four Yup’ik dances.

        The Yup’ik are Eskimo’s or Inuit people and they live in Southwestern Alaska..

        Obama sat on the front row, grinning throughout the performance and clapping appreciatively. Sonny Black Eagle (President Obama’s adoptive Crow father, who has passed) would have loved to witness these Yup’ik dances.

        The children wore Native headpieces and attire and did an admirable job staying in unison as they sang and danced. Their adult leader, Sophie Woods, explained the songs and a little bit about their culture, telling the crowd that their native language is disappearing.

        One song focused on honoring berries and another featured the lyrics “Don’t be afraid to play basketball.”

        Obama jumped up and danced with the children during the last song. “I’ve been practicing,” he said. Clearly the president had taken a crash course on the routine

        For more: http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/president-obama-at-dillingham-middle-school-learned-how-the-yupik-dance/

      • September 03, 2015

        Remarks by the President at Kotzebue High School, Kotzebue, AK

        Kotzebue, Alaska

        5:45 P.M. AKDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Alaska! (Applause.) Hello, Kotzebue! (Applause.) Go, Huskies! Thank you so much! Thank you for that wonderful, wonderful reception. Please give Millie a big round of applause. (Applause.) Did a great job.

        Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. Just relax. I’m going to be here for a while. (Applause.)

        It is wonderful to be in Alaska. And I look forward to spending some quality time here. And I’ve gotten such a wonderful welcome all across the state — so I want to thank all of you. Thanks to the Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, Reggie Joule. Where’s Reggie? (Applause.) Reggie, right here. Your Mayor, Maija Lukin. (Applause.) I want to acknowledge the presence of our Lieutenant Governor here — thank you so much, Byron Mallott. (Applause.) And all of you for the warm Iñupiaq reception here in Kotzebue. (Applause.) We are so grateful. Thank you.

        AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)

        THE PRESIDENT: I think that’s a good thing, whatever it he was talking about. (Laughter.) When you’re President, you never know. (Laughter.) Sometimes you get some hecklers. (Laughter.)

        I did have my team look into what other Presidents have done when they visited Alaska. I’m not the first President to come to Alaska. Warren Harding spent more than two weeks here — which I would love to do. But I can’t leave Congress alone that long. (Laughter.) Something might happen. When FDR visited — Franklin Delano Roosevelt — his opponents started a rumor that he left his dog, Fala, on the Aleutian Islands — and spent 20 million taxpayer dollars to send a destroyer to pick him up. Now, I’m astonished that anybody would make something up about a President. (Laughter.) But FDR did not take it lying down. He said, “I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks — but Fala does resent attacks. He’s not been the same dog since.” (Laughter.)

        President Carter did some fishing when he visited. And I wouldn’t mind coming back to Alaska to do some fly-fishing someday. You cannot see Alaska in three days. It’s too big. It’s too vast. It’s too diverse. (Applause.) So I’m going to have to come back. I may not be President anymore, but hopefully I’d still get a pretty good reception. (Applause.) And just in case, I’ll bring Michelle, who I know will get a good reception. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/03/remarks-president-kotzebue-high-school-kotzebue-ak

  3. August 31, 2015

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Islamabad, Pakistan

    National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice visited Islamabad, Pakistan, August 29-30 to confer with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, and other senior officials. They discussed how the United States and Pakistan can continue to work together on a range of regional and global issues. Ambassador Rice commended Pakistan’s support for recent talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, underscored the U.S. commitment to an Afghan-led peace process, and urged Pakistan to intensify its efforts to counter terrorist sanctuaries inside its borders in order to promote regional peace and stability.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/31/statement-nsc-spokesperson-ned-price-national-security-advisor-susan-e-0

  4. August 31, 2015

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meetings in Beijing, China

    National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing, China on August 28-29 to prepare for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States next month and to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual concern. Ambassador Rice held candid, fruitful and wide-ranging consultations with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing. Ambassador Rice and State Councilor Yang agreed on the importance of expanding cooperation on a range of issues, including Iran, North Korea, climate change, and global public health. In addition to discussing preparations for President Xi’s visit, Ambassador Rice emphasized the need to confront differences constructively, including on issues of concern such as cyber, Chinese currency, maritime issues, and human rights.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/31/statement-nsc-spokesperson-ned-price-national-security-advisor-susan-e

  5. WH

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    2:00 PM
    President Obama travels to the Seward area

    President Obama arrives the Seward area, Alaska

    3:00 PM
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    President Obama hikes to the Exit Glacier
    Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

    5:00 PM
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    7:50 PM
    President Obama participates in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park
    Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

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    President Obama travels to

    President Obama arrives Anchorage, Alaska

    President Obama overnights in Anchorage, Alaska

  6. US Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in 7 Years

    WASHINGTON — Sep 1, 2015, 10:05 AM ET By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer

    U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants.

    The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008. The report also revised up the June increase in construction spending to 0.7 percent from 0.1 percent previously.

    Ground breakings for houses, apartment complexes and commercial centers have helped to improve overall economic growth. The government said last week that the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, after having edged up just 0.6 percent in the first quarter.

    Total construction spending has risen 13.7 percent over the past 12 months.

    For more: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/us-construction-spending-reaches-highest-level-years-33452421

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