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President Obama’s Bypass of Congress to Take Charge of Climate Change

November 2, 2013

By  Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter

 

President Obama used his executive powers on  Friday to create a ‘Task Force on Climate Preparedness and  Resilience.’

Obama’s plan would be put in place  through  executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over  climate  legislation in recent years.

A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the  East Coast, the President signed the order which is designed to make it easier  for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters.

Trick or treat? President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama give Halloween treats to children at the White House.
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Trick or treat? President Barack Obama and first lady  Michelle Obama give Halloween treats to children at the White House. On Friday  Obama used executive powers to create a ‘Task Force on Climate Preparedness and  Resilience’

The executive order establishes a task  force  of state and local officials to advise the administration on how  to respond to  severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential  impacts of climate  change.

The task force includes governors of seven  states – all Democrats – and the Republican governor of Guam, a U.S. territory.

Fourteen mayors and two other local leaders  also will serve on the task force. All but three are Democrats.

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The task force will look at federal money  spent on roads, bridges, flood control and other projects.

It ultimately will recommend how structures  can be made more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea  levels and warming temperatures.

The White House said the order recognizes  that even as the United States acts to curb carbon pollution, officials also  need to improve how states and communities respond to extreme weather events  such as Sandy.

Destruction: Satellite image from October 2012 of Superstorm Sandy on the eastern seaboard. A year after Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Obama signed an order .
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Destruction: Satellite image from October 2012 of  Superstorm Sandy on the eastern seaboard. A year after Sandy devastated the East  Coast, President Obama signed an order which is designed to make it easier for  states and local governments to respond to weather disasters

Building codes must be updated to address  climate impacts and infrastructure needs to be made more resilient, the White  House said in a statement.

The task force includes Govs. Jerry Brown of  California, Jay Inslee of Washington and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, as well as  Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Vermont Gov. Peter  Shumlin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

The panel also includes several big-city  mayors, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Philadelphia Mayor Michael  Nutter and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. All three are Democrats.

An administration official who asked not to  be identified said the White House asked several organizations, including the  National Governors Association, to recommend task force members.

Members were chosen based on those who were  recommended or who nominated themselves, the official said.

The official asked to not be identified  because he was not authorized to discuss the task force makeup.

Flood: Inundated farmland next to the Mississippi River in TennesseeFlood: Inundated farmland next to the Mississippi River  in Tennessee. The new task force will ultimately recommend how structures can be  made more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels  and warming temperatures

The task force builds on efforts Obama  announced in June to combat global warming, including the first-ever limits on  climate pollution from new and existing power plants.

Obama’s plan is intended to reduce domestic  carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020.

The plan also would boost renewable energy  production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare  communities to deal with higher temperatures.

The 12 hottest years on record all have  occurred in the past 15 years. The task  force on resiliency is expected to hold its first meeting this  winter.

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