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New special envoy on climate change

New special envoy on climate change

Hot on the heels of President Obama’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s selections of George Mitchell to be a special envoy to the Middle East and Richard Holbrooke to head up outreach to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Clinton announced the appointment of a new envoy…to Mother Earth.

After Barack Obama signed two executive orders on climate change this morning, during which he emphasized the need to start working quickly, Clinton announced the appointment of lawyer and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Todd Stern, to be the United States’ special envoy on climate change. Garance Franke-Ruta of the Washington Post notes: 

In the June 2007 issue of The American Interest, Washington lawyer Todd Stern and think tank executive William Antholis wrote a memo to the next president. Addressed from the "United States Department of Brainstorms" to "The 44th President of the United States," the action memorandum laid out the case for "creating the E-8" — a novel international group uniting leading developed nations and developing ones for an annual gathering focused on combating global warming.

Stern was also the lead White House negotiator at the Kyoto negotiations, which ended in the signing of the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions — one of many climate change initiatives the Clinton administration instigated that the Bush administration later repudiated. But it looks like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are going to help Stern and his work get more attention.