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. Jane

    Oh boy here goes the Bill and Hill show...it's all about MEEEEEEEEEEE

    January 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Wow! An administration that cares about our future and not the future of corporations!! I see all the righties who swore "Country First" in the last campaign are back on their "Me First" band wagon again. Somethings never change.

    January 26, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Stephen

    From an outsider point of view (I am not a US Citizen) ... this is really amazing! People care about "this is just another Clintonian", or "What is really change Obama" without even hearing what they are trying to say. We are talking about Climate Change, an issue which a lot of countries consider an urgent issue because of global warning, extreme weather pattern, and melting ice. An issue that the Bush government has been ignored for the past 8 years and finally some people really trying to make some sense out of this, all you can say now is "who is in charge", and "another clinton", "waste of money", or "I could use a job too"? I feel that this should be something that show the US government is more align with the rest of the world.

    January 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Glennis

    Yep, more nonsense aimed at pleasing the environmentalists, killing industy and screwing taxpayers.

    January 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Concerned in MA

    Ever notice that the term "climate change" has replaced "global warming"?

    When the data show a warming trend, it's blamed on human activity. When the data show a cooling trend, it's blamed on human activity.

    I suppose every weather trand can be called "climate change" and, of course, blamed on human activity.

    If you ask me, it's awfully presumptuous to blame anything and everything weather-related on human activity...

    January 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Dave

    Wow, how I wish people would understand the ruse these people are pulling on us.

    January 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Dave

    It's all a ruse.

    January 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Matt

    Yet another Clintonite and another "special envoy". Pretty soon there will be a "special envoy" for every aspect of Hillary's job so that she has nothing to do and no involvement anywhere in the world that counts.

    January 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. go away mongers -Ventura ca

    Hillary is off to a great start along with the rest of the new Administration! Since Tuesday, I've been able to exhale! What a relief to see that plane head for Crawford!

    January 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Keith in CA

    What exactly does climate change have to do with the State Department?

    January 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Humored In Texas

    It must seem strange to the right-wingers to see someone taking action on climate change and basing it on proven, scientific fact versus the biblical way of looking at things, eh?!.

    You see, Obama doesn't take his direction from the right-wing, neocon, Zionist-Christian sect the way fearless, Jet-Pilot did mainly because Obama is capable of formulating his own ideas, programs and action instead of waiting for them to come from the right-wing, pulpit pilots!

    Here in Texas the Reverend John Hagee in San Antonio is already getting into a lather over this! It seems he doesn't have the ear of the governemnt he used to enjoy.

    January 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. barack obama is still just B.O.

    Just keep adding to the deficit, one useless taxpayer supported job or one trillion at a time.
    I guess this is his job creation bill. Just create more government jobs and more deficit.
    Way to go obama!!!! A man of your word.

    January 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Leslie Somerville

    Go Hillary–fantastic SOS...................

    January 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Nancy

    I guess they figure that when those of us without jobs lose our homes, we'll be better able to pick a suitable part of the country for out-of-door living if they stabalize the climate....

    January 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Outspoken

    She had to go with this Stern guy.......Chicken Little turned down the job.

    January 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    You go girl! While Obama just signed a death certificate for Americans by rushing to let the world know he is closing Guantinamo prison, Hillary will be left unscathed by Obama's moral pomposity.
    In his inaugural speech, when Obama said, to the terrorists of the world, "our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we wil defeat you" – he just dared the terrorists. Obama's tone always seems to have a moral superiority to it. He can't be throwing around his sense of superiority, that he has anyway, and represent Americans as superior to the terrorists. He just doesn't get it – you don't dare the enemy. You need strategy, not the George Bush type which was a cowboy mentality. You need street smarts – which Obama doesn't have.

    January 26, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. traveler

    Just because the environment is not important to Americans or ranks last in polls does not change the actual scientific evidence. If people think Republicans are so brilliant and Democrats are not, how are they able to completely ignore science? I understand their views to ignore science where creation is concerned, but how does that work in other areas? I like the idea of the special envoys. Presidents are not Gods and it is smart to have people utilize specialized skills in certain areas for the improvement of the Country.

    January 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. BW

    I am amazed by how many people actually "buy in" to global warming. This planet has gone through climate changes since the beginning of time. This is not a political viewpoint. But by all means, we need to keep the environmentalists satisfied (pacified). According to many of you, Clinton is the greatest appointment Obama made. Let's see her deal with something else, shall we!

    January 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Erik S.

    Special Envoy for Climate change...Super. As long as this person keeps us out of agreements meant to hurt us while sustaining and helping other countries who pollute just as much, you know China, India amongst the biggies. Whatever happened to the grand Kyoto agreement that the whole world agreed upon except for us? I'll tell you what happened, NOTHING, most of this stuff is all talk and blather, the world wants the U.S. to stop polluting while they go on about their business and their economies keep chugging along. When something that makes sense to everyone comes along, then we can deal, but this whole it's the U.S. fault is just to dopey to be believed.

    January 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Brandy

    Wow. It's wonderful to know that we are all finally safe from global warming now, with Obama, Clinton and Stern running the show. I feel all warm and fuzzy.

    January 26, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Blago

    Blago would have mad a better secretary of state, or even commander-in-chief in a dangerous world. He has more executive experience.

    January 26, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. tuycan


    January 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Independent-Fred

    It's time to get other countries involved in reducing their carbon footprint as well. Good show guys. To the naysayers quit trying to marginalize environmental concerns to mere tree-hugger talk.

    We ALL have a stake in the health of this planet. Even if there were no climate threat as good stewards it's our duty to leave this planet better than when we arrived period..

    End of debate..

    January 26, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Calvin, Indiana

    All of you conservatives chiming in make me laugh..

    How do you explain the more frequent and more powerful hurricanes?

    How do you explain the rising sea level worldwide?

    How do you explain the nearly complete melting of the arctic ice cap?

    Do yourselves and the children that will come after you and inherit this mess a big favor and open a book.

    Educate yourselves for God's sake.

    January 26, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. sg

    Oh I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Why wasn't Al Gore appointed?

    January 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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