Delaware Governor Jack Markell is one of 8 gubernatorial appointees to President Obama's newly created task force on climate change.

Markell said he was honored by the appointment.  It's an extension of the work his administration has been doing in Delaware. "We need to have frank conversations about preparing for possible impacts from storms, droughts, and sea level rise. Recent events have crystallized the importance of this work for a lot of states," said Markell.       

The governor joins Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on the panel.  In announcing the panel today President Obama ask the commission to look at how to modernize federal programs in dealing with the problem. It will also take a look at the nation's natural resources in dealing with the issue.  

In a statement Markell called the issues connected with climate change an economic issue.  Delaware had its own commission studying the issue over the last three years.  That report was released in September.