Using executive power to initiate movement on climate change, President Obama signed an executive order on November 1, 2013 creating a “Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.” A major focus for this task force will be to identify barriers in the federal government to building resilience to extreme weather events for local communities, and advise ways to make the process easier. The task force is made up of federal, local, and tribal leaders, including 5 state Governors who are all Democrat. The move is part of the Obama Administration’s larger effort to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change announced in June of this year.
The Impact of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in the United States
The United States, under the Obama administration, joined the Paris Agreement in 2015 and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. However, in June 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement (Shear). In April 2021, President Joe