December 13th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton broadens foundation's climate initiative

 The former President announced a new partnership between Arkansas and his foundation Saturday.
The former President announced a new partnership between Arkansas and his foundation Saturday.

(CNN) - As his wife begins her transition to becoming the nation's top diplomat in tumultuous times across the globe, former President Bill Clinton is also doing his part for the planet.

The Clinton Foundation announced Saturday that it is partnering with the State of Arkansas in an extension of the foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative. Through retrofit programs, the partnership will help the state where Clinton served as governor to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Arkansas is one of the first states to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative. In 2006, the Clinton Foundation developed an exclusive partnership with the 40 largest cities in the world that have all pledged to engage in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"While urban areas account for more than three-quarters of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions, we need to work with rural states like Arkansas to make a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable, and significant ways," said former President Clinton in the statement released by the foundation Saturday. "I'm confident that Arkansas will set an example for the rest of the country and the world," he added.


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  1. Just Asking

    Of course, this depends on what your definition of the word "save" is.

    December 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. RK

    Great initiative President Clinton. Yes I do appreciate the practical approach, starting where the rubber bits the road. As we face the many crises ahead, it is key that we do not take our eyes away from the one crisis i.e. the climate crisis that can change the response to any and all of future crises. One point though, it is clear that the construction industry is badly hit by the bad economy, as you work in Arkansas, consider any help to the construction industry by the Governor of Arkansas tied in with energy efficient buildings. This will not only help revive the industry it will also save our planet

    December 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. now

    Clintons does wonderful work for us and the whole planet. Thank you, Mr. President.

    December 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. BB

    That should provide some jobs for those people too. Good Idea.

    December 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Rich

    Jumping aboard the man-made, global warming, weaken America band wagon seems to be in fashion for has been, now irrelevant, don't care about the truth politicians.

    December 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. KampBell_BrOwn SUx

    OBama+ HRC/Bill = success

    December 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Jana

    Both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are tenacious in their service.

    We need Bill Clinton's voice in this way.

    December 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Brian

    Bill Clinton... Peddler of a discredited science. Al Gore must be proud.

    December 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Come on already, save the planet? I believe we should do all we can to transition to alternative energy but please stop with this melodramatic hype. Bill Clinton is not a God and I'm sure there is an element of selfish motive and self promotion in his announcement. Hopefully not as blatant and hypocritical as Al Gore.

    December 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. proudliberal-independent

    way to go ,Bill.

    December 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Steve

    Why not start with making Detroit make only hydrogen, natural gas
    and electrical engines for autos.

    December 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Steve

    Diesel engines for autos get 50 mile a gallon. That could be an option because you have to allow trucks desiel engines.

    December 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Sara from Arizona

    Always in the limelight, these Clintons. Serious Clinton fatigue.

    December 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Jackson

    Screw the planet. All minds, efforts and funds should be focused on fixing this miserable economy.
    Concentrate on one huge problem first and stop spreading talent thin.
    Clinton left us in the $$$ black....stop wasting his talent.
    Get rid of Bush – get rid of Obama (up to his neck in Illinois scandal)
    and let's start over.

    December 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. terry cole-whittaker

    At the core of the environmental crisis is the raising and killing of cows. the fastest way to balance the planet and bring good health back to the people is to promote non violence to animals especially cows and for people to become vegetarians.

    December 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Jim Doyle

    This is the type of work the Clinton Foundation has been doing all along, yet, guarantee you, the Republican noise machine will be on this and other blogs saying what a louse Clinton is. They've criticized Carter too, an Internationally acclaimed philanthropist and a Christian who walks the walk. Meanwhile, what did Nixon, Reagan, and Bush do after their presidencies? They retired to their mansions and counted their money. Bravo Mr. Clinton and Mr. Carter, for showing us what real leadership looks like in this troubled world.

    December 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Ed

    What's he going to do, live on the moon and run his Harlem office from there? He should also take Gore with him. The pollution level should decrease shortly thereafter...

    December 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Myrna Ulrich

    WHAT??? YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO BE KIDDING US BILL.. LET AL GORE AND OTHER ENVIROMENTLISTS HANDLE THIS, LIKE THE SAYING GOES YOU ARE A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT, WHERE YOU BEEN ALL THIS TIME REGARDING GLOBAL WARMING?? GO BACK TO YOUR FOUNDATION AND STAY THERE.. OR BETTER YET GO BACK TO NEW YORK.. WHO REALLY CARES AT THIS POINT WHAT YOU DO.?? PLEASE SPARE US YOUR CONCERN YOU ARE A TOO BIT PHONY!!! GRANFORCHANGE IN WISCONSIN

    December 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Retta Crawford St.Louis

    Thanks President Clinton for your continuing support of America..

    December 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Ed

    What did you and your drip do this time?

    December 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Larry Coury Houston, Texas

    It's amazing, isn't it ? Just like the first Bush, once they've been in & out of office, and ehen their term is up, they immediately go into trying to help 3rd world countries......Instead of trying to help the good 'ol u.s.of a........where we could use the help in our economy & evrything else that is suffering, because of war....

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    December 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. JJ

    Good for you Mr President. Please form a partnership with all who will listen. I just watched "An Inconvenient Truth" once again and I was reminded of what little time we have unless we act globally. I hope you, president-elect Obama, Mr Gore and others will be able to start a momentum that can't be stopped.

    December 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. David

    I've always liked Bill Clinton, and that's great from him to try to do something for the planet.
    Carry on Bill!

    December 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been given the royal political screw job.

    I am so mad about this! He is a good guy and should be Illinois' next senator, taking Obama's seat.

    Obama, you need to speak out there!

    December 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. alvino

    Can't wait to hear the negative comments from the Hooverites (GOP) about Clinton and his efforts to address the climate crisis and energy consumption reduction.

    Maybe the Republicans will ban Arkansas from its coveted red state status.

    December 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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