January 26th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton to name special envoy on climate change

Secretary Clinton's new climate change envoy will add urgency to the president's energy agenda.

Secretary Clinton's new climate change envoy will add urgency to the president's energy agenda.

WASHINGTON (CNN ) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will name a former Clinton White House official as her special envoy for climate change, senior State Department officials told CNN on Monday.

The appointment of Todd Stern - a partner with the firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr - will add urgency to President Barack Obama and Clinton's promise to make climate change a foreign policy priority.

Stern is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on climate change and environmental issues.

From 1999 to 2001, he served at the Treasury Department as a counselor to the secretary. From 1993 to 1998 he was an assistant to the president for special projects, serving as the senior White House negotiator to climate change negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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  1. Dylan from MN

    I don't understand the counter-argument against global warming and climate change. Obviously there's something major happening with Earth's climate and most scientists, physicists and meterologists say it to be true, but yet the far right still think it's some kind of liberal sham. Even if it isn't caused by carbon emissions you don't think it would be wise to develop new methods for producing energy? The benefits for the country and eventually the world would be profound and chances are we'd develop technologies that would make oil and gas pail in comparison. Such backwards thinking makes me ill, it's nice to know that we actually have a progressive as president.

    January 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. John M. in CA

    Aaaaahhh. I love it. You know something is being done right when all the conservatives get so upset.

    January 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Helene

    Climate change exists ! Those of you who don't believe it better start reading the news ... and look outside.

    January 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Matt

    Got news for yah GOPers: global warming AND evolution are real. I know all that science mumbo jumbo is all scary because it confuses you, but you're going to have to join the rest of us in the 21st century if you want at least some of your ideas and ideologies to survive. The 10th century was a long LONG time ago.

    January 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Amanda

    I can't believe some of these blogs ! Where have these people been in the last few years ? No wonder creationism is taught in this country with all these simple-minded people !

    January 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Joseph

    I see a lot of you who constantly bicker all the time yet you offer no solutions. I offer this challenge to the narrow minded people across the globe. Become or offer solutions to the problems we face or stand in silence. I'm not a W. Supporter by no means, yet I can't see blame being pointed at one man for the current down fall of the United States. United we stand divided we fall. Stop looking for a person or opportunity to bicker and place blame, take some of that blame and use it as motivation to not make the same mistakes twice, and to correct the current course of our government.

    January 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    Come on, there are still folks out there that don't know global warming is part of the weather cycle? Simply look at past weather cycles and you can see for yourselves. In a few more years we'll be complaining about a cold spell. Come on folks, get with reality instead of believing the jokers who brought us the grand financial meltdown. Now THAT was man made; you can be sure.

    January 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Larry from RI

    Science triumphs over ignorance – How refreshing for a change!
    You can tell this is the right thing to do by the shrillness of what is coming out of the mouths of what remains of the party of abject failure – otherwise known as the GOP.

    Hey with any luck this might just drive the jack-offs like Hannity, Rush and Savage to suffer major heart attacks – we can only hope!

    January 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. freedom1

    Maybe if Hillary would keep her mouth shut, all that hot air wouldn't melt the polar ice caps. I wonder if she will make promises like she did with Health Care and not delivered, 16 years and still no Health Care (Good Job Hillary or is it Billary). Obama pick a good one, send her back to NY.

    January 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    What percentage of global warming is due to the hot air in Washington?

    January 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. AJ from Austin TX

    The latest PEW Research poll shows that global warming ranked dead last in issues that are important to the American people. We're breaking all kinds of records for cold temperatures and the greenies still want us to believe that we're still going to die unless we surrender our freedoms to the U.N.? A Russian newspaper had an article that we may be heading toward a global cooling period, and that gets a yawn from the media. Yet liberal politicians still act like this is a "crisis". Hold on to your wallets, folks.

    January 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. AJ from Austin TX

    The latest PEW Research poll shows that global warming ranked dead last in issues that are important to the American people. We're breaking all kinds of records for cold temperatures and the greenies still want us to believe that we're still going to die unless we surrender our freedoms to the U.N.? A Russian newspaper had an article that we may be heading toward a global cooling period, and that gets a yawn from the media. Yet liberal politicians still act like this is a "crisis". Hold on to your wallets, folks.

    January 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Dylan from MN

    I don't understand the counter-argument against global warming and climate change. Obviously there's something major happening with Earth's climate and most scientists, physicists and meterologists say it to be true, but yet the far right still think it's some kind of liberal sham. Even if it isn't caused by carbon emissions you don't think it would be wise to develop new methods for producing energy? The benefits for the country and eventually the world would be profound and chances are we'd develop technologies that would make oil and gas pail in comparison. Such backwards thinking makes me ill, it's nice to know that we actually have a progressive as president.

    ***please post cnn, whenever I take time to write something a little more than a sentence you never post****

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. AJ from Austin TX

    The latest PEW Research poll shows that global warming ranked dead last in issues that are important to the American people. We're breaking all kinds of records for cold temperatures and the greenies still want us to believe that we're still going to die unless we surrender our freedoms to the U.N.? A Russian newspaper had an article that we may be heading toward a global cooling period, and that gets a yawn from the media. Yet liberal politicians still act like this is a "crisis". Hold on to your wallets, folks.

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. AJ from Austin TX

    The latest PEW Research poll shows that global warming ranked dead last in issues that are important to the American people. We're breaking all kinds of records for cold temperatures and the greenies still want us to believe that we're still going to die unless we surrender our freedoms to the U.N.? A Russian newspaper had an article that we may be heading toward a global cooling period, and that gets a yawn from the media. Yet liberal politicians still act like this is a "crisis". Hold on to your wallets, folks.

    January 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. AJ from Austin TX

    The latest PEW Research poll shows that global warming ranked dead last in issues that are important to the American people. We're breaking all kinds of records for cold temperatures and the greenies still want us to believe that we're still going to die unless we surrender our freedoms to the U.N.? A Russian newspaper had an article that we may be heading toward a global cooling period, and that gets a yawn from the media. Yet liberal politicians still act like this is a "crisis". Hold on to your wallets, folks.

    January 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Andy J, Upstate NY January 26th, 2009 11:56 am ET

    holy crap

    climate change and global warming? Really?

    what a waste of time and money. Global warming ranked dead LAST in a recent poll of what is important to americans.
    ------------------------

    Ah, you must be a ex-Bushie lover, "drill here, drill now" right? Your sorry @ss won't care about Global warming until you wake up and see you're floating out into New York harbor eh?

    January 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Meh

    Uh, Carley? We are the ones who messed it up, in the first place. Don't you think we ought to fix that? Wouldn't that please your Spaghetti Monster in the Sky?

    About Clinton: who else is she going to hire besides someone else she knows?! Get a grip.

    About having clean air and water: are you people serious? You don't think this should be at the tip top of our list? Um. You sort of can't...live without them?

    January 26, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Keith

    Some people follow there survival instincts and look for solutions to problems. Well others sit back and complain about those solutions, and yet they offer none of there own.

    Objectively speaking, I just hope Todd Stern is committed to this job.
    Becoming energy independent {with clean energy's} is how The United States will reclaims it's greatness.

    January 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Hopeful Greeny

    What's with all the hostility? Really, people, we should be proud to have leaders who FINALLY want to lead in responsible stewardship of our planet. Perhaps we can join the rest of intelligence and sign the Kyoto Treaty we once touted. Oh . . . to belong to a respected nation once again!!

    January 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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