U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change: "We Can't Rewrite the Last Eight Years"

Thomas Schueneman

Todd Stern speaks to ThinkProgress about making up for lost time in forging climate policy and meeting an international agenda to sign a treaty to offset the most catastrophic consequences of climate change.

In an interview with the ThinkProgressWonk Room, U.S. special envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern says the Waxman-Markey clean energy and climate legislation is what is needed and sufficient in meeting the challenge of building an international climate treaty and mitigating the most catastrophic consequences of global warming. Realizing that the U.S. has had to play "catch up," he says that we simply must move forward despite a wasted eight years of inaction and delay. "We're starting later!" he says, "It's unfortunate, but it's just the reality. We can't rewrite the last eight years, so we're starting later

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