Gov. Pat Quinn at White House this morning for meeting on climate disasters. Also, Morning Joe

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/10/2013, 06:44am

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WASHINGTON–Gov. Pat Quinn is at the White House on Tuesday morning for the first meeting of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience,” created by President Barack Obama on Nov. 1. In the wake of the tornado disaster in Washington, Ill., the timing is apt. He is also appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

From the White House: Obama created the task force “to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with extreme weather, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change.

“This meeting will focus on building climate resilience into efforts to better prepare for and recover from natural disasters. In addition, Task Force members will have the opportunity to share their expertise and experience in implementing climate preparedness measures, and begin to consider recommendations for the President.”

Who will be there: “Administration officials scheduled to participate include Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Acting Administrator of NOAA Kathryn Sullivan and FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller.”