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Obama Taps Wash. Governor For Climate Change Adaptation Panel

Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee delivering his plan for combatting climate change to  the Climate Legislative and Executive Work Group on Oct. 14, 2013.
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Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee delivering his plan for combatting climate change to the Climate Legislative and Executive Work Group on Oct. 14, 2013.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will soon help advise the White House on how to respond to the effects of climate change. President Barack Obama appointed Inslee Friday to a task force that includes governors, mayors and tribal officials.

The group will advise the federal government on climate issues like increasing wildfires and ocean acidification, and extreme heat waves. Obama first mentioned establishing the task force in a speech on climate change this June.

In the White House announcement, Obama's comments from June are featured. He says he wants to "artner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.”

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Courtney Flatt