WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration is losing one of its point people on the issue of global warming, Assistant Secretary of State Eileen Claussen, 52.
Claussen, assistant secretary for oceans, international environmental and scientific affairs, left last Friday, July 18, to take a position in the private sector. She declined to name her new employer.
Gail McDonald, president of the Climate Change Coa-lition, a business group critical of administration global warming plans, said the departure was significant. 'I'll be interested to see who is named,' she said.
The administration apparently will not fill the post quickly. With the Kyoto conference looming ever larger, Tim Wirth, undersecretary for global affairs, has taken on more climate change responsibilities.
Before joining the State Department in early 1996, Claussen was with the National Security Council, where she advised the president on global environmental issues.