Clinton Calls for ‘Global Network’ to Address Climate ‘Crisis’

Fred Lucas | December 3, 2012 | 10:56am EST
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP)

( – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States must push a “global network” to tackle the “crisis” of global warming, among other international problems such as terrorism and poverty.

Clinton identified “cross-cutting and interconnected global challenges” that included “climate change, poverty, hunger, disease, nuclear proliferation, human trafficking, women’s rights, international terrorism, and more” in her remarks Thursday at the Newseum at an event sponsored by the Foreign Policy Group.

“No one nation can solve any of these problems alone. Each one calls for a global network of partners – governments, businesses, international and regional organizations, academic institutions, civil society groups, even individuals, all working in concert,” Clinton said. “Building those coalitions is one of the great tests of American leadership.”

Clinton heralded the success of a previous international agreement pushed by the Obama administration in Copenhagen. She also talked about the important of continued climate talks.

“We have pushed for a global agreement that would apply to all significant emitters, developed and developing alike, because there is no way to get ahead of this crisis unless we do that,” Clinton said.

“Over the past four years, the Obama administration has also struck a deal with car companies to nearly double fuel efficiency by 2025,” Clinton continued.

“We’ve doubled production of clean energy, made historic investments in breakthrough technologies, launched new international partnerships like the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to take aim at pollutants like black carbon and methane that account for more than 30 percent of current global warming. That’s grown from just six countries to more than two dozen today,” she added.

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