Governor Jack Markell is one of eight Governors appointed today by President Obama to serve on a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience that will advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities dealing with impacts of climate change. The President signed an Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. Below is the Governor's statement and the White House news release follows.
"I am honored the President has appointed me to this new task force. Climate change is not some far off problem; it is something we are experiencing now. For a small state like Delaware, the lowest-lying state in the nation, we are staggeringly vulnerable. We need to have frank conversations about preparing for possible impacts from storms, droughts, and sea level rise. Recent events have crystallized the importance of this work for a lot of states. I believe we can strengthen the economy and improve the resiliency of the environment at the same time and I look forward to serving on this new task force."