GOP governors largely spurn Obama’s climate task force

Republican governors are mostly steering clear of a new White House-created task force on boosting resilience to climate change.

President Obama issued an executive order Friday creating the “State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.”

The task force includes eight governors: seven Democrats and Guam’s GOP Gov. Eddie Calvo.

Bobby Whithorne, a White House spokesman, said the White House reached out to governors from both parties via the bipartisan National Governors Association and other groups.

“We asked NGA and additional organizations to seek nominations,” he said. “The task force was selected from those who were nominated or nominated themselves.”

The Democratic governors on the task force are: Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), Jerry Brown (Calif.), Jay Inslee (Wash.), Jack Markell (Del.), Martin O’Malley (Md.), Pat Quinn (Ill.), and Peter Shumlin (Vt).

There are, however, several local GOP officials on the task force: The mayors of Fort Collins, Colo.; Greensburg, Kan.; and Carmel, Ind..

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