Obama to meet with local, tribal leaders preparing for climate change

The Department of Water and Power (DWP) San Fernando Valley Generating Station in Sun Valley, Calif. is seen in this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo.

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President Obama on Wednesday is meeting with state, local and tribal leaders who are part of a task force to prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the task force, comprised of 26 officials from across the country. The group was put together after the release earlier this year of the National Climate Assessment, which explored the ways the U.S. could blunt the impacts of climate change and seize the opportunities it presents.

The task force will give Mr. Obama a final set of recommendations for action in the fall, but until then, the administration is rolling out a series of actions to help local leaders respond to climate change.

The administration on Wednesday is announcing new details about a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, which will help communities create and implement disaster recovery plans. Additionally, the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs is launching a $10 million federal-tribal climate resilience partnership, while the Department of Agriculture will be awarding $236.3 million in funding for eight states to support improved rural electric infrastructure.