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Abercrombie appointed to president's task force on climate change

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:42 a.m. HST, Nov 01, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is among the political leaders who will be part of President Barack Obama's task force on climate issues.

Obama signed an executive order today establishing 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. Building codes must be updated to address climate impacts and infrastructure needs to be made more resilient, the White House said in a statement.

Besides Abercrombie, the task force includes Govs. Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington, 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.

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.

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

The task force on resiliency is expected to hold its first meeting this winter.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Save money and hire Mr. Guy Hagi.
on November 1,2013 | 06:13AM
palani wrote:
Right, the Guy who thinks trade showers qualify as "severe weather".
on November 1,2013 | 06:41AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
How much money has Al Gore Made since this phoney science debacle?
on November 1,2013 | 07:07AM
palani wrote:
Bwahahahaha! It's a good thing I wasn't taking a sip of my morning coffee while reading about this ridiculous appointment. It would be even funnier if these clowns were not in a position to cause so much serious damage.
on November 1,2013 | 06:19AM
holumuahawaii wrote:
Once again, Neil Abercrombie has been singled out as one of the nation's most knowledgeable leaders on the politics of climate change. There will be much snickering and snarky remarking by those here in Hawaii who have nothing better to do than make fun of their betters. Meanwhile, Neil will go about the business of governing Hawaii, both wisely and well.
on November 1,2013 | 06:35AM
palani wrote:
Repeat: Bwahahahaha!
on November 1,2013 | 06:37AM
cwo4usn1 wrote:
Figures. Bow to "Dear Leader" and get choice appointments. Neil will need a job after the next election. Corrupt feeding the corrupt.
on November 1,2013 | 07:17AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Why, thank yew, Polly Anna, for that useful insight. All is well. All is well.
on November 1,2013 | 07:42AM
islandsun wrote:
Knowledgeable I doubt but for sure the leader in putting out more carbons into the atmosphere with his develop the aina to the max policies.
on November 1,2013 | 03:45PM
HD36 wrote:
How do you blame the over 500% increase in earthquakes over 6.0 since 1998 when our solar system entered the galactic plane? They can't because its due to the gravitational force of the black hole. However, through Al Gore's carbon tax its another way for the government to grab more money.
on November 1,2013 | 06:38AM
LanaUlulani wrote:
It's a scam. Generation Investment Management LLP owned by Al Gore and former Goldman Sachs executive David Blood will be making bank off the backs of local people.

Abercrombie will be helping Al Gore be the first "green" billionaire.

on November 1,2013 | 06:40AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Abs is well qualified for a climate change position given the amount of times he changes staff and his mind.
on November 1,2013 | 06:47AM
fbg wrote:
How much is being spent on by this task force whose mission is best handled by staff engineers rather than politicians? This type of planning should already be happening within the budgets of the various agencies. Why are we adding more political complication except to organize more political support for the next election.
on November 1,2013 | 07:02AM
palisadesron wrote:
Doesn't he have enough to do here without trying to do something on a national level?
on November 1,2013 | 08:01AM
Maipono wrote:
Does anybody believe anything the Great Leader says anymore other than his most rabid followers? Climate change, Obamacare, Bengazi, Fast and Furious, IRS scandals, NSA scandals, and now the great climate scientist the Guv, Ubercrummy. Now we will really get something done in Washington!
on November 1,2013 | 08:16AM
KKawa wrote:
Good try. Calls his buddy Obama for an environmental appointment, so he has something to point to at election time when he is blasted for not giving a rip about our environment.
on November 1,2013 | 09:09AM
Venus1 wrote:
Great choice!! Let's support him!
on November 1,2013 | 09:37AM
false wrote:
To quote John Wayne… "Well that tares it".
on November 1,2013 | 10:06AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Should we refer to Neil as the "Great Leader", "Dear Leader", or the "Supreme Leader"?
on November 1,2013 | 10:08AM
BrianW wrote:
Why is it that Americans have burden of stopping global warming & climate change? President O should get after China & India to do their share.
on November 1,2013 | 11:17AM
Matsu wrote:
NOBODY knows more about hot air than Abercrombie! In the meantime, global temps have been stable for the past ten years now. Wow, looks like Obama has another great success to his name. Quick,somebody contact the Nobel committee. Maybe we can get Obama another Nobel prize, this time for science.
on November 1,2013 | 11:48AM
scooters wrote:
Abbie will need a ladder to get high enough to feel the climate...
on November 1,2013 | 02:03PM
islandsun wrote:
Crombie has was always "high" enough to feel the climate!
on November 1,2013 | 06:20PM
NYUH wrote:
Good choice. Hawaii is on the front line of climate change effects.
on November 1,2013 | 04:11PM
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