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

Bill Clinton broadens foundation's climate initiative

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Albo58

    Global warming hoax would make P.T. Barnum laugh out loud! This fraudulent "science" is only being waged by the politicians in order to pick the taxpayers pockets!

    December 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. DOCS 3


    December 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. BB

    Mike – I think there is something wrong with your sentences – can't understand what you're trying to say. Can you please clarify what it is?

    December 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. RJ, CA

    Wow - sure are a lot of "SAVIOURS" in the Democratic Party!

    December 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Blake

    Bill Clinton works for what he believes in and everyone should do likewise. We have no choice but to work on this problem for the future.

    December 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. I told you so

    I will tell you what he has done Joyce... he has given more money to fight Aids in Africa that any other politician in history.

    He has kept terrorist from hitting this great country again so you don't have to worry about your children being attacked in thier school, mall, movie theater, etc..

    Before the incoming pres no African American had ever been put very high on the presidential cabinet. Bush made Colin Powell and Condelisa Rice Secretary of State. A huge step towards helping race relations in this country.

    And as far as Obama not taxing those making less than 250K per year look at his newest budget proposal that just came out. 500-700 billion over 2 years. Are you really stupid enough to believe that the rice in this country only are going to have their taxes raised to cover that. You need to wake up because you are in FANTASY LAND.

    And as far as you bashing Bush goes I don't agree with much he has done but he has done some good. I would like to see you do any better .

    December 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. PJP

    Hey Clinton, go somewhere and retire!!!!! You don't enough to America!!! Didn't want you when you were in office and don't want you now!!!

    December 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. purple mountains

    i'm sorry bill but i can't see you fixing the planet.

    December 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. ch

    Bill Clinton = Best President Ever.

    December 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    I'm a Christian and I believe God has put an expiration date on US. I love Mother Nature, but it's time has come. I like to watch JVIM show on Sunday TV and this is their link He interprets the Bible and I'm planning to buy his book where he dissected Revelation. Anyway, in one of the books, and in one of the wrath, the sun's light will become UNBEARABLE (scorching heat). I dont know, but it's time.

    December 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    In 2012, our planet is supposed to align with some types of universe, so we'll see. Will earth rumble and crumble with more quakes? Who knows?

    December 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Concerned Democrat

    We LOVE BILL CLINTON.........he will prove to be the best President of his time.

    December 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Bill Clinton has more than made up for his past transgressions.

    December 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Annie the Democrat

    Thank YOU President Clinton, you are and will always be known as a GREAT PRESIDENT!

    December 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. floridian

    "Global warming" is not happening - look at the severity of the recent winters, to include 2008-2009. Look at the past century's data. "GW" has been disputed by many intelligent scientists from around the globe, but the guy who "invented" the Internet has more credibility than them. What a fraud! And it is being pushed by environmentalist who have totally different agendas than saving the planet. Wake up, Americans! Your President-elect said he would "skyrocket" energy costs and using "GW" is how he and his energy team will do it. Look out for $4-5.00/gallon gas in the next 1-2 years.

    December 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. aekdbken

    I concur wholeheartedly with Joyce -

    Ritebob, you"re *rite*! The sky *is* falling! Thanks to Bush's total neglect of environmental issues, caring less about endangered species - ironically - which we're well on our way of becoming sooner than later due global warming, on top of it, his executive order to drill in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge.

    The catastrophes we continue to create for ourselves have to come to a halt. As McCain said, Obama will be "our" president. Shall we sit on our haunches and complain? What will *YOU* do to make things better for the next person?


    December 13, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    MIKE and all you haters ,get a life.

    December 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. GARY

    `Get a life you haters.

    December 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Kim

    what a set of ignorant people on the CNN Blogs, CNN by far has the most ingnorant bloggers that I have ever encountered, no wonder our country is in such a mess partly because of dumb politicians and partly because of ignorant constituants, and lets not forget plain old Karma, Goodness Gracious, what type of society have we become,we are raising a bunch of ignorant young people.

    December 13, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Gary Cook

    Joyce, Joyce, Joyce,

    You have most certainly been spending too much time reading spin at Broaden your knowledge by getting your news and information from a variety of sources, and you will become a better person for it. I would suggest and

    December 13, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    I agree with you KIM.

    December 13, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Larry

    There is nothing more important than stopping global warming,I am glad both Clinton and Gore are taking on these global problems.Fossil fuel is number one producer of carbon monoxide,but Scientist agree that the 2nd largest producer of methane gas in the world are cows belching,also decaying vegetation in rice patty fields,the oceans additionally contribute to the production of methane gas in our atmosphere.Active volcanoes ,there are more than 500 in the world at this moment,emit carbon monoxide,into our atmosphere daily,causing global warming also.Maybe the worst pollutant is nitrogen, which is man made ammonia,used for fertilizing our crops,is 300 times worse than carbon monoxide,it destroys the ozone,and is smog.Hopefully Clinton and Gore have a plan to save us from global warming !

    December 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Garrett

    Bill Clinton broadens plans to save planet?!? What a ridiculous headline. Bill Clinton cannot save the planet. Bill Clinton can't even save 1/10,000 of the planet. To have any plans to save the planet is outrageous. And then, to broaden those plans? Unconscionable. Here is an appropriate headline for you, CNN:

    "Bill Clinton partners with Arkansas to fight climate change"

    It's not perfect and I'm sure there are better options, but at least it is somewhat reasonable. Maybe people like sensational headlines, but your headlines should seem at least partially plausible.

    Understand, this is not a partisan bashing of Bill Clinton and his "plans"; it is a non-partisan bashing of bad headlines, bad journalism, and bad taste.

    December 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Gary Cook

    So, if you let the Democrats and Liberals know you don't agree with them, they resort to name-calling,... marvelous.
    (Where's the "CHANGE"?)

    December 13, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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