President Obama, through his lackeys, has out of the blue decided to rename America’s highest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali.
The name Denali is a word from the Athabascan people who live in Alaska. It means “high one.” The peak was named Mount McKinley in honor of the former President William McKinley, who was assassinated.
Alaskans have been calling the peak Denali for years, and the state of Alaska had asked way back in 1975 to rename the mountain, but several attempts to change the name were blocked in Congress by representatives from Ohio, McKinley’s home state.
Having hung around for 40 years, clearly this was not anybody’s priority issue, which raises the question of why now?
Obama is planning a visit to Alaska, the first trip north of the Arctic Circle for a sitting president. During the visit, he is scheduled to meet with representatives of Alaska’s native tribes.
As is typical for this president, he had an underling, the secretary of the interior in this case, issue the decree for him without going to Congress about it.
Secretary Sally Jewell said, “With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska.”
This Administration has “reverence” for nothing, so you know that’s just a bunch of words banged out by some flack on Jewell’s staff.
Which begs the question of what Obama hopes to gain from this out-of-left-field move.
He wants to manipulate Alaskan natives, obviously. Perhaps he wants a favor from Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She sits on the Committee for Indian Affairs. But a more probable reason to curry her favor is she is the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Previews of Obama’s Alaska visit say he will be focusing on pitching the climate change scam. It’s also known that Alaska’s 800-mile oil pipeline has long been in environmentalists’ and this Administration’s sights.
The pipeline provides about three-fourths of the state government’s money, but the feds have set up numerous hurdles against oil exploration or drilling. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker recently lamented that the pipeline is two-thirds empty thanks to the federal government.
Murkowski said back in February, “The actions of this administration seem destined to shut down our Trans-Alaska Pipeline.” As the chairwoman of the energy committee, she has frequently butted heads with Jewell and the Interior Department.
So could Obama be ousting the dead, white President McKinley in order to suck up to Murkowski and Alaskan Natives and get their support for his global warming insanity?
It’s anybody’s guess what exactly Obama will propose during his Alaskan visit, but given the grip that global warming hysteria has on the Left, it’s not likely to be good for Alaska or the rest of the country.