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November 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM
President Barack Obama has selected Gov. Jay Inslee and 25 other elected officials to serve on a climate change task force.
Inslee’s office on Friday said the panel will include governors, mayors, county officials and tribal leaders from a range of states and communities.
“Washingtonians are every day seeing the dangerous effects of climate change in more devastating wildfires, increasing ocean acidification, and other impacts that are already taking a toll on our economy and our natural resources. And while we undertake actions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving these dangerous climate shifts, we must as a state and nation better prepare our communities and our infrastructure to face these accelerating impacts,” Inslee said in a statement.
Inslee earlier this week joined with the governors of California and Oregon and the premier of British Columbia to sign an agreement that promises to jointly attack climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
The president’s task force is expected to deliver recommendations to Obama within a year, and disband no later than six months after delivering the recommendations.
A fact sheet released by the White House said the task force “will provide recommendations to the President on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare.”
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. Inslee focused on climate issues during his time in Congress and is now continuing that work as governor.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this post.
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