- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday will appoint a special envoy for climate change as the Obama administration moves to restore America’s credentials in environmental policy, U.S. officials familiar with the decision said.

Mrs. Clinton will name Todd Stern, a former White House assistant who was the chief U.S. negotiator at the Kyoto Protocol talks in her husband’s administration, to the post, the U.S. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a planned midday State Department ceremony at which Mrs. Clinton will announce the appointment.

The appointment comes as President Obama announced new policies that will allow states greater latitude in limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The Bush administration came under fire for failing to act on climate change, walking away from the Kyoto Protocol on grounds it favored large developing nations such as China and India, and refusing to allow states to bolster some environmental regulations.

Mr. Stern, currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a partner in the WilmerHale law firm, served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. He first worked in the White House, handling the Kyoto Protocol and follow-up talks in Buenos Aires and coordinating the president’s Initiative on Global Climate Change. He later worked at the Treasury Department, where he was a senior adviser to the secretary.

After his Clinton administration stint, Mr. Stern taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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