It's only been a week since Obama took office and I already feel like I live in a different country than I did just eight days ago. President Obama has wasted no time in sweeping aside many of Bush's more repugnant legacies. He's brought a cool and collected demeanor to the Oval Office and so far, by my count, seems to be steering the country back on track.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce the appointment of Todd Stern to the position of special envy for climate change.

Mr. Stern will be the administrations primary advisor on international climate change policy as well as its point man on climate change pacts. He was Bill Clinton's senior negotiator in the Kyoto talks and ran climate change policy from '97 to '99.

His appointment comes as 190 countries are working on the followup to the Kyoto Protocol, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

With the United States on board, Kyoto 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) will have the full heft of the first world behind it. With eight years of Obamarama ahead of us, we could actually pull this thing around. We can't go back, but I think we might just be able to stop things from getting worse.

Link [Reuters] via [Treehugger]

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Finally! The WH takes climate change seriously
The Obama administration will appoint a special envoy for climate change to advise and lead on climate policy.