Bill Clinton is the former President of the United States, and husband of current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As President he was never presented with climate change legislation to sign. He supported his Vice-President’s (Al Gore) actions on climate change, but in the 1990’s climate change was still mostly off of most American’s radars. However, since his Presidency he has become a strong voice for action on climate change. During his wife’s presidential campaign he often spoke out about the importance of developing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gases. He has also established the Clinton Climate Initiative, which states, “Reversing climate change is the defining challenge of the 21st century. Temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, ice caps are melting, erratic weather patterns are emerging, and water resources are depleting. The fate of our planet rests in the choices we make today.” Source
- “Climate change is more remote than terror but a more profound threat to the future of the children and the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren I hope all of you have…It’s the only thing we face today that has the power to remove the preconditions of civilized society.” Source
- “We know if something doesn’t happen to slow this warming down, whole island nations in the Pacific will be flooded…We’ll lose 50 feet of Manhattan Island in New York within the next 50 years if we don’t do something to turn this around.” Source
- “…I would like to talk briefly about is global warming. I believe that it is the only existential threat that, those of you who are students here, your generation faces. It could literally undermine your ability to raise your children and grandchildren.” Source
- “It is just a question of whether we accept this, but I can only tell you that I have studied this data seriously. I consider it an existential threat to your future. It may be the most remote security threat you face, but the only one who has the chance to change the life of everybody on the plant for the worst.” Source
Clinton was President before climate change legislation was crafted, and has not held office since that time.