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U.S. observed temperature change since 1895, with an inset showing change in the Northeast. Image: <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/our-changing-climate/recent-us-temperature-trends">National Climate Assessment</a>
U.S. observed temperature change since 1895, with an inset showing change in the Northeast. Image: National Climate Assessment

NY representatives back action on climate change

The latest National Climate Assessment report paints a dire picture for New York if something drastic isn't done to address climate change. (see NCPR's recent look at how climate change is and will be affecting the North Country.)

The White House rolled out the comprehensive report in early May. Its message was clear: human-caused climate change is happening now, and it's affecting everyday lives.

The Obama Administration is expected to issue a new rule Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The executive action is an attempt to bypass Congress, where climate change policy has stalled, and there's bipartisan support for action on climate change among New York's congressional delegation.  Go to full article
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his case during a visit to the baseball of fame in Cooperstown yesterday.  Go to full article
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article

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Pres. Obama speaking on college affordabilty in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9572844040">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Pres. Obama speaking on college affordabilty in Buffalo. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Obama tours his education plan upstate

President Obama cruised across Upstate New York yesterday in his black "Ground Force One" tour bus. Hundreds of people cheered and snapped pictures as the bus rumbled down the streets of Rochester.

President Obama started the day at the University of Buffalo, where he launched his reform plan to cut the cost of college. Obama says an affordable education is an "economic imperative", but the high debt people rack up after college must end.  Go to full article
RNC Chair Reince Priebus and NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
RNC Chair Reince Priebus and NY GOP Chair Ed Cox

GOP leaders "welcome" Obama to upstate with criticism

Top state and national Republican leaders hammered President Obama and questioned his motives for a planned bus tour of upstate New York to discuss access to higher education that begins in Buffalo on Thursday.  Go to full article
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Long lines forming for Obama events

Interest in seeing President Obama when his upstate New York bus tour stops in Syracuse Thursday evening prompted a long line to get tickets outside Henninger High School. Ashley Hirtzel reports from outside the president's scheduled stop at the University of Buffalo, and Ryan Delaney was outside the site of the president's speech in Syracuse.  Go to full article
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Obama to be greeted by anti-fracking protesters this week

President Obama is planning to visit upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they want it or not.

President Obama's planned trip to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton will focus on the importance of getting an affordable college education.

But activists opposed to hydro fracking want the topic of natural gas drilling to be on the agenda as well.  Go to full article
Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx swears in U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton Tuesday. Photo: St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx swears in U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton Tuesday. Photo: St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway has a new chief

The new Administrator for the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence Seaway was officially sworn in at a ceremony in Washington yesterday. Betty Sutton becomes the tenth person to hold the post and the second woman.  Go to full article
Former Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton. Photo via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Sutton">Wikipedia</a>
Former Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton. Photo via Wikipedia

Sutton appointed to top Seaway post

President Obama has nominated a former Ohio Congresswoman to be the next U.S. head of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Betty Sutton represented a district that included Akron and a slice of Lake Erie from 2007 to 2012. The White House announced the appointment in a press release Wednesday.

Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrooks has been filling in as interim head since Terry Johnson was fired from the post last year, reportedly for political reasons. Johnson was a college friend of President George W. Bush, who appointed him.

The Seaway Administrator post carries a seven year term, designed to ride out the political shifts of changing presidential administrations.  Go to full article

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