As of Monday, November 4, 2013
In an announcement last Friday, President Barack Obama appointed Washington Governor Jay Inslee to the national task force on climate preparedness and resilience.
The task force was established to advise the Obama administration on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
The task force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country.
In forming the task force, the president signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
“I am pleased at the opportunity to serve, with my fellow governors and other leaders from across the country, on President Obama’s task force,” said Inslee. “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.”