Clinton turns to climate change:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 — The Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has focused on combating AIDS, poverty and childhood obesity, will turn its attention to greenhouse gases, former President Bill Clinton said here Tuesday.

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Mr. Clinton announced his new initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles, hours after the California Environmental Protection Agency released a report predicting that the state would become hotter and drier by the end of the century.

I don’t know how much real financial clout the Clinton Foundation has (total assets of around $155mil, per the 2005 annual report [PDF]), but Clinton’s got a hell of a bully pulpit. People listen when he speaks.

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