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Stern, Todd (Climate Czar)


Title: Special Envoy for Climate Change
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Agency or department that handles similar issues: Environmental Protection Agency; State Department
Duties: Responsible for developing international approaches to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases

  • Graduated from Dartmouth in 1973
  • Earned J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977
  • Worked several years at the New York law firm of Paul Weiss
  • Served as senior counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1999
  • Headed the Initiative on Global Climate Change (1997 to 1999)
  • Served as Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury (1999 to 2001)
  • As a top aide to President Clinton, helped negotiate the Kyoto and Buenos Aires climate pacts, both of which were subsequently rejected by the Bush administration
  • Took a job in 2001 with the Wilmer Hale law firm, where he became a partner in the regulatory and government affairs division
  • Became a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary and served as one of her top environmental advisers
  • Is a senior fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, where he focused on climate change and environmental issues
  • Has written extensively on climate change
  • Urges the U.S. government to impose on industry a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases
  • Supports a national cap-and-trade system that would limit carbon emissions
  • Says that the U.S. should incentivize cap-and-trade participation by India and China, which have expressed a strong reluctance to participate, by making their carbon limits less stringent than those imposed on the U.S.
  • Supports an international tariff on goods that are produced by countries that have not agreed to limit their carbon emissions
  • Considers deforestation one of the world’s top environmental concerns; says that forests are being destroyed at an unsustainable rate



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