Clinton: US Has Been Negligent On Climate Change

BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is telling Europeans that the Bush administration neglected the problem of global climate change.

Speaking to several hundred young professionals at the European Parliament on Friday, Clinton was asked by a Belgian man what the Obama administration intended to do to address the problem and whether it sees energy security as linked to global climate change.

Clinton said the administration puts a high priority on cooperating globally to solve the climate change problem. She noted that she has appointed a special envoy to climate talks that are due to begin in December in Denmark.

And she said the United States in the past had been negligent in its responsibilities to control the emissions that cause climate change.