A task force expected to impact the construction industry was created following the Executive Order recently signed by US President Barrack Obama. While the Obama administration maintains it is meant to prepare the country from the effects of climate change, the EO still drew negative reactions from sectors that are worried it may touch on state rights and certain policies.
The task force, composed of both state and local officials, will be tasked to advise the White House on devising and executing plans with regards to the industry. A country that is fully adapted to the changing climate is the administration’s goal. But why then does the EO attract critics? According to a Fox News report, critics feel that the task force could go past their intended purpose and do the following:
– Hold back money to communities unless they meet new standards on various items and agendas set by the Federal Government. For example, using new policies that will encourage communities to rebuild to pre-disaster standards instead of stronger ones.
– Issue a mandate to bring sweeping new changes to land use and resource policies.
– Control and refocus “climate change data and use of it to push a new agenda into every priority of the Federal Government.
– Create the need for a new internal organization for coordination efforts during a government sequestration and possible future shutdowns.
Up to what extent the said EO will influence building regulations and the construction industry in general remains to be seen. But the fact remains: Climate change is a pressing issue that needs immediate and critical action. This is why organizations like Gila Tools constantly strive and encourage others to maintain the balance between technology and climate.
Extreme temperatures, increase in wild fires, thawing permafrost, rise in sea level – these are just some of the reasons why global warming is the single most important environmental concern being faced not just by the US but the whole world. In one of our future articles we will talk about the impact of climate change in the construction industry.