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Obama Issues Timely Call for Action

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2013) – President Obama today issued an executive order directing federal agencies to help states and local communities improve resilience against storms, droughts and other extreme weather events.

Following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke:

“Coming on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the president’s order could not be more timely. This also is a call for action by state and local governments, as well by businesses and individuals. We must all work together to address the greatest environmental challenge of our time. As we have all learned -- from the storm-battered shores of the Northeast to the bone-dry farms of the Southwest – we must address climate change for the sake of our communities and our children. Climate change knows no borders, nor should our country’s response.”

For more background, see Frances’s blog here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/the_next_superstorm_will_congr.html

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