Todd Stern expected as U.S. climate change envoy

Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:55am EST

WASHINGTON Jan 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is expected to name Todd Stern, a senior White House official under former President Bill Clinton, as its climate change envoy, two people familiar with the decision said on Monday.

The people said the announcement could come as early as Monday, when U.S. President Barack Obama's administration plans to announce steps to raise fuel efficiency standards. Stern coordinated the Clinton administration's Initiative on Global Climate Change from 1997 to 1999 and acted as the senior White House negotiator in the Kyoto negotiations on climate change. (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Sue Pleming, editing by Vicki Allen)