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.
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.
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.