Obama: 'America is Ready to Lead' on Climate Change
U.S. President Barack Obama took significant steps indicating that climate change, energy and environmental issues would be major issues of his administration in his first week in office. After moving to reverse potentially damaging climate policy ordered by President Bush, Obama declared:
"To protect our climate and our collective security, we must call together a truly global coalition.... The days of Washington dragging its heels are over.... My administration will not deny facts -- we will be guided by them."
Todd Stern, who took part in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations under President Clinton, was named special envoy for climate change by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This signifies a bold step toward the UNFCCC's goal of finalizing a groundbreaking international agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
“A new day is dawning in the U.S. approach to climate change and clean energy,” said Stern.
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