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)

    For those of you who don't really believe in the global/climate change, just see what is happening to the ice bergs, melting, melting!. As far as more Clinton is power, you have to admit under Bill Clinton era we as a nation was far better off than under the Bush administration so what is the problem? Stop your bit....n and let's see what this administration does in the next 4 years, can't be any worse than the Bush admin. Who is in change, the entire Administration not just one wreckless COWBOY from Crawford Texas and his Oil Co buddies.

    January 26, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Jo

    Reacting to climate change and global warming is very related to industry and economic success. It's time for the USA to join the 21st century, and Obama and Clinton know it.

    January 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Dont blame me

    I think that we need to impose a TAX on all of that HOT AIR coming out of Washington!!!!

    January 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Independent in DC

    I swear some of you will complain about anything lol

    If Obama turned garbage into gold you'd complain that it wasn't diamonds lol

    Have fun living your miserable lives...

    January 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Sara from Arizona


    January 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Rob

    Yes because in a world where people will kill you because you don't believe their god (well, they do get 72 virgins to boot), the important thing to worry about is climate change! I mean one only look at Chicago, where I believe the January average has been 10 degrees, to see that global warming is a big issue.

    Apparently the Dems idea of fixing the economy is to give their friends the good jobs first.

    Way to go all you who 'voted for change'!

    January 26, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Mike

    hahaha more change ! ! another Clintonista ! ! ! This is priceless ! ! !

    January 26, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. GaVoter

    Been outside lately Gary!?

    It's frek'n cold out there! And I'm suppose to be in Georgia!!

    January 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Alan

    Do you even know what the word "nepotism" means? Try using a dictionary. Whoops - forgot. First you gotta know how to READ.

    January 26, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Allen

    Another $150,000 or so per year of taxpayer money wasted.

    January 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. mark hesling

    Good! Climate change is the biggest threat to us all!

    January 26, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. carlo

    Contrary to what everyone thinks about Bill's indiscretions, he did run a pretty terrific White House. I voted for Obama, but I sure wasn't complaining when Bill was President. What he did in his private life was of no moment to me.

    January 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Seth

    I thought the U.S. was growing more skeptical on global warming? The President of the EU thinks it's a crock!

    January 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Unshrub

    I have a goat that talks more intelligently than most of the respondents. They should pick up a dictionary and look up the work nepotism or read a newspaper instead of getting all of their news on Fox.

    January 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Phil

    Jenny: as a matter of fact no she's not running the show, nor does she look presidential. Keep dreaming.

    January 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. john

    people with negative views what is your proposal to address the things of the present and move toward the future..your negative comments do nothing about our problems which is why they are FINALLY being addressed. rather than say its fairy tale talk go educate yourself and bring back constructive critisims not foolishness

    January 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Allen

    Another $150,000 or so per year of taxpayer money wasted.
    (Not including travel, expenses, and perks)

    January 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Repugs follow blindly

    Perhaps now we will deal with this climate crisit you repug tools.
    Oh, by the way, just because it is cold where you are doesn't mean global warming isn't real. Shallow Repug thinking.

    January 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Marie banderas

    I am all in favor of any amount of people it might take to tackle that problem AND put people back to work "doing it:! " the rest of you who think this is a waste of time and money, hopefully, YOU will be last to benifit from it ! our planet is perishing, and looks like some people dont even care !
    If your not part of the solution, then you ARE part of the problem....

    January 26, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. nom deplume, esq.

    This is why I buy natural gas futures and stock. Under a cap and trade regime, or some of the more heavy-handed rules we can expect, natural gas will come out on top.

    Got (natural) gas?

    BTW, if you were ever thinking of getting a coal-burning system, now's the time. At some point, EPA will heavily regulate them or ban them outright.

    January 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    Get real, democrats! You can't change the climate; that is God's province, not yours.

    January 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. cmoore

    Man-made climate change is a HOAX!

    January 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Rick in WA

    Maybe he can get that pesky sun under control!

    January 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Change? Not for the better obviously

    Gary: The beauty of our country is that now all those Bush supporters can bash the stupid projects of the Obama administration. And lets face it...he sure is making it easy for us..."I'm gonna focus on the economy"...yeah, right after he makes sure all the unborn in other countries are able to get murdered...and the terrorist who did so much damage in New York get a "get out of jail free card"....and Californians can make their own rules about...car emissions?????? Geez, his priorities are just so in order with and in touch with America right now and our economic woes....

    January 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Pinckney

    Oh great, another Clinton person and a lawyer. The coal industry can kiss it goodbye. Change is on the way!!

    January 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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