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

Clinton to name special envoy on climate change

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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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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    Why would you not pick Al Gore for this. Does he have TOO much urgency. I mean really, who would be better at being chicken little then chicken little himself, Al Gore.

    January 26, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Let's hope he's not just more hot air...

    January 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Jane


    January 26, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Dont blame me

    So now we are calling "Global Warming" , "climate change" .

    Interesting, since a lot of states are recording RECORD LOW temperatures this winter!!!!

    Like freezing temperatures south of Orlando Florida and -40 in North Dakota.

    The "Inconvenient Truth" is a convenient LIE so that government can TAX us more!!!!

    January 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. karen-Phoenix

    Good Job!!!!

    January 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    You might be able to change the foreign policy climate---but you will never change foreign policy "culture." What a smoke screen this is......with all the change that President Obama preached in his campaign, it seems that all he is dealing is "old guard cards,'-different cards-–but from the same deck.

    January 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. RealityKing

    First order of business:

    Why have global tempatures fallen so dramatically in the last 10 years?

    What will be the global impact if tempatures continue to decline at thes dramatic rates??

    What can we do to stop global cooling???

    January 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Virginia

    More nepotism and Clintonistas! UGh....

    January 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Another Clintonian! What Change? Who is really in charge?

    January 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Franky

    I gotta say, you talked about Climate Change during the Bush administration, is like hearing a fairy tale, LOL!! It was all fantasy talk and crazy talk, Loch Ness had a good chance existing...

    I'm sure environmentalists are happy, maybe not conservatives, they are probably confused, LOL!! Who said man can't do a lot of things?? Ohh yeah, right...

    January 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Jenny

    Looks like Hillary is running the show. Doesn't she look presidential?

    January 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Bob in Pa

    Hey, I could use a job too ! When is this going to stop ? Obama is probably half way to his 660,000 new goverment jobs already.

    WIpe out all these extra positions, reduce your staff by half. This will have an imeadiate effect of "Global Warming". Less energy and fuel being consumed, not to mention fewer tax dollars being spent.

    January 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Baze


    January 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Joyce Becker

    We have to put climate change on the world stage if anything will be done to stop the process of global warming, it will be up to all who live on this planet and the United States has to take the lead. I am glad to know that Secretary of State Clinton has already appointed a special envoy, it is something that should have been done a long time ago. Thank you Madame Secretary and President Obama for appointing such a qualified and far thinking person.

    January 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Scott Tucson

    Here we go...bigger government which we don't need in times like this. And just what would be the amount of his salary that us taxpayers are going to foot the bill?

    January 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. JL

    A SOS that actually cares about the climate...this will take some getting used to.

    January 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. demwit

    I sure hope she hurries up with some action too..., it's cold out here!!

    January 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Andy J, Upstate NY

    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.

    thanks for wasting our time and money, Clinton. I wouldn't expect anything else from you. Hopefully Kirsten will do a better job for NY than you did. (and i can actually say something, im a New Yorker)

    January 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    There may yet be hope for the future of my descendants and the world! Thank you!

    January 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Nichlas Emmons

    I like it. Climate change as a foreign policy issue.

    January 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Lori in Pa

    I have no doubt that Hillary will do great job. She has the brains and the experience.

    January 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. jp

    Nothing like having a Clinton crony on board, who owes who on this.

    January 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Jan

    Kudos to the new administration for paying attention to Mr. Gore and the other Nobel Prize winners! And also, for giving us the promise of a renewed respect for scientific data when making progressive choices for our government. I already like the new direction this President is taking us, and it's been less than a week. Cheers!

    January 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. tess

    it's started already , she is surrounding herself with all the secret keepers of the clinton scandels so that she can continue to do what she wants to and have it covered up by the same people that lied for her husband! when will o'bama have enough of this egotistical, foolish woman

    January 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Adam

    @ Virginia
    I don't care who they are so long as they do their job well.

    January 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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