Climate Change Executive Order May Impact Construction Industry

The climate change executive order recently signed by President Barack Obama created a task force which will have the power to influence the construction industry and home building regulations in America.The task force created when President Obama signed the global warming order could eventually have control over where, when and how you build or add on to your home.

The president's task force includes California Governor Jerry Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

A portion of President Obama's executive order forms a task force – the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force – that will examine the "climate preparedness" of communities and make recommendation on how they should change. The task force is to "identify opportunities to support and encourage smarter, more climate-resilient investments" by states and local communities – and recommend any changes in regulations. A White House fact sheet applauded local governments that already have updated "building codes." The global warming executive order says the issue is pressing because temperatures are warming and sea levels are rising.

President Obama had this to say about the need to protect the nation from global warming:

We're going to need to get prepared. And that's why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid.
Task force members will be the driving force in recommending how structures will meet climate-change certification. It is quite possible that government backed home loan programs will soon include stringent climate change stipulations. Those concerned about the United Nation's Agenda 21 program have long claimed that the government will use a refusal of federal funds to accomplish their regionalist movement goals.

The climate change executive order task force also will review how federal money is spent on bridges, roads, flood control projects and other infrastructure programs which President Obama believes are impacted by global warming.

According to a Fox News report, critics say the task force has the power to:

  • 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.
The White House release after the climate change executive order was signed stated that even though the country has worked to curb carbon pollution, government officials need to "improve how states and communities" respond to extreme weather events, upgrade building codes, and address climate change impact on infrastructure.