Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order this morning to create a state climate change council. The council will advise the governor, the general assembly, and the public on a strong state strategy to address climate change threats.
Chafee says the earth's warming climate has already hit Rhode Island hard with Superstorm Sandy and the extreme floods of 2010. Those floods caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, including to the West Warwick Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, where Chafee signed the executive order.
"It's a two part executive order to do what we can on curbing greenhouse gases, but also to prepare for these extreme weather events that are going to occur despite our action," said Chafee, "because they are going to occur."
Leaders from various state agencies will make up the council. Those agencies include the departments of health, transportation, and environmental management, and the Coastal Resources Management Council.