The White House is moving forward on an issue the Republicans refuse to admit even exists. President Obama is keeping his promise to reduce greenhouse gasses despite the GOP’s reluctance to face the problem.
On November 1, President Obama used his executive power and signed an order, according to ThinkProgress, “making it easier for states and communities to prepare for climate change and the droughts, floods and extreme storms that are likely to come with it.”
The executive order is part of the President’s climate action plan that includes getting feedback from community planners while also setting up the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Council will encourage local and state governments to participate in the “climate action plan” by encouraging local participation in what the President calls “climate resiliency.”
ThinkProgress reports that “Eight governors have joined the task force, along with 16 mayors and commissioners and two tribal leaders.” Of these 16 mayors who have agreed to serve on the new task force to reduce greenhouse gasses, three are Republicans, from towns in Colorado, Indiana and Kansas.
Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told the New York Times, “We really do need to hear directly from the communities and from those who are sort of on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of climate change.” Could it be that Obama has not forgotten those skills that helped him while he was a community organizer in Chicago?
So, just exactly how are communities going to build resilience against storms, droughts and other weather extremes? A question even more important is how will the communities be able to do it in a way that allows for partisan differences and still remain productive and actually addresses climate change. Democrats see climate change as scientific fact whereas the Republicans are still looking for evidence that climate change exists.
Congress continues to go against scientific logic and be uncooperative when facing a disaster like climate change that will destroy our planet for all future generations to come. The President has taken a leadership role by using his administrative power to do something now about climate change. By refusing to cooperate with the president in large numbers, Republicans are condemning our children’s future on the only planet we call home.
Richard Andrew is a guest blogger for Ring of Fire.