Climate change czars coming to more states

August 27, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) — At least six states named climate change czars or chief executives over the past year, signalling a new level of concern in the United States.

The new positions are appearing mostly in states controlled by Democrats. But Florida and North Carolina, both considered red or purple states, named chief resilience officers this year to tackle climate issues.

The name for most of the climate change czars, chief resilience officer, originated with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project, launched partly as a response to Superstorm Sandy‘s damage in the New York area in 2012.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who enjoyed major support from President Donald Trump in the 2018 state elections, appointed a former deputy energy secretary, Julie Nesheiwat, on Aug. 1.

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