New Executive Order re Weather Disasters

Considering how many hot topics are going on in Washington this week, this item did not get any attention. From the Sat. edition of the WashPost, see Obama signs executive order to improve federal response to climate change.

A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday 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 direct link to a factsheet on the E.O. is here.  UPDATE:   It is now E.O. #13653.

Actually, I am fuzzy about many details. As might be expected, Fox News had some serious concerns in this article. But their article mentions the author or a recent study without making it clear what study they are referring to. So, I am still confused about more aspects.

I think this new E.O. and the new Task Force are important changes, but more details are needed about both.  I welcome info from readers.

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