Like Countable?

Install the App
TRY NOW

State Dept. Misses Climate Report Deadline

by Countable | 2.8.18

What’s the story?

The State Department had until January 1 to submit the report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Trump administration has yet to submit the Climate Action Report or commence the public comment period required prior to its release.

Why does it matter?

As PBS explained, "the report inventories greenhouse gas emissions and details progress toward cutting pollution."

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has threatened to sue the State Department unless it produces the overdue report. In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, they write:

"The State Department has failed to submit the Seventh Climate Action Report by the mandated due date, much less issue any statements of the report’s preparation, draft texts, and notifications of public comment opportunities for the report’s final issuance—a process that has, in the past, taken over a year."

Though President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the administration has committed to staying in the UN treaty. A spokesperson from the State Department told The Hill that it "intends to submit a National Communication to the UNFCCC. The report is under development."

What do you think?

Should the U.S. remain in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change? Do you want the State Department to get moving on the report? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

Related Reading

(Photo Credit: Creative Commons)

Countable

Written by Countable

Leave a comment
(108)
  • JamisonH
    02/08/2018
    ···

    HUGE portions of the State Dept. remain unstaffed or understaffed. The damage done to this country in one year is staggering.

    Like (80)
    Follow
    Share
  • Countryfirst
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Is anyone surprised..these morons don't give a damn about climate change or protection of the planet...they want to line their pockets with oil money and they'll MURDER us to do it...get rid of all these dictator worshipping money grubbing republicans NOW AND IMPEACH HEIL TRUMP NOW!!!!!!!!!

    Like (76)
    Follow
    Share
  • Pat
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Of course the state department missed a deadline! Is there anyone left in the State Department? Climate change? They are too busy planning a military parade. Why is no one willing to stand up to trump?

    Like (50)
    Follow
    Share
  • Laura
    02/08/2018
    ···

    This is what happens when individuals, such as Rex Tillerson, are not qualified for the positions. This is a report that probably should have been completed and finalized for approval for publication far before the deadline. This administration has placed unqualified individuals into positions of authority and they do not know what they are doing. It’s amazing that they are all billionaires!

    Like (47)
    Follow
    Share
  • Elizabeth
    02/08/2018
    ···

    I am writing with regard to the as yet unpublished Climate Action report that the State Department has missed the submission deadline for. The US should definitely remain in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The State Department should work post haste to produce the Seventh Climate Action Report. American lives and well-being are at risk if we ignore climate change. We need to be good global neighbors in order to survive.

    Like (39)
    Follow
    Share
  • Jeanne
    02/08/2018
    ···

    To quote Elizabeth: “I am writing with regard to the as yet unpublished Climate Action report that the State Department has missed the submission deadline for. The US should definitely remain in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The State Department should work post haste to produce the Seventh Climate Action Report. American lives and well-being are at risk if we ignore climate change. We need to be good global neighbors in order to survive.”

    Like (34)
    Follow
    Share
  • John
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Yes, release the report. And, rejoin the Paris Accord and work to heal the environment.

    Like (29)
    Follow
    Share
  • Truly
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Stop letting the Koch brothers run this country. They are just another of the puppet masters with their hand up the GOPs a$$. (The $$ is not to avoid cussing, it is to drive home the point that this entire party is bought and paid for)

    Like (26)
    Follow
    Share
  • Robert
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Any report that this administration submitted would be unbelievable to most Americans and the rest of the world. It’s amazing that in one years time President Putin and vice President Trump have diminish Americas democracy and respect in the world.

    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
  • Kswen
    02/08/2018
    ···

    How is it that Americans continue to allow this monster to recklessly gamble with our lives? It's time to make noise, and demand accountability and action.

    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
  • Donna
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Any report produced by this administration would be untrue, biased and embarrassing to the nation. Please do not even try. This is merely another instance of the complete hypocrisy of this administration and the total lack of concern or oversight by the Congress to insure we fulfill our obligations. DJT believes he can ignore anything with which he does not agree, but can bash and embarrass other nations for doing the same. No one in this administration believes climate change is real, therefore there is no need for a report on some nonexistent problem. They are correct about one thing - if we ignore the problem of climate change, it (and life on the planet) will go away.

    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
  • BeStrong
    02/08/2018
    ···

    We have 2 years, 11 months and 12 days (or less) of climate science denial remaining. I would not expect this administration to present science, impact studies or resolutions while they play hide the scientists. This is a swipe at the UN and environmental science and a nose thumbing to those in the Paris Accord, in other words its Tuesday in Trumpland.

    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
  • RadicalModerate
    02/08/2018
    ···

    The Ultra Capitalist Extremists in Washington have no interest in anything to with climate change, other than ways to make money from the specter of it. That makes them corrupt, horrible monsters who are selling out our kids planet.

    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
  • Hillary
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Trump and his cronies don’t want to file this report because they know it will eat into their profits. They are stupid and short sighted if they believe that hiding their actions will change the outcome. They are morons if they think their wealth will protect them from undiluted sun, polluted water, contaminated soil, or any of the rest of the poisonous atmosphere they are creating. We are the fools though, if we don’t rise up against this while we can still have any hope of making a difference for the children of this world.

    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
  • Chickie
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Scott Pruitt’s title as the head of the EPA is well-lit sign glaring ‘unqualified’. #45 and his administration is accustomed to treating everyone that isn’t a top 1% of the nations rich, as subservient; this includes other world leaders and leading scientists. The unconscionable and permanent carbon footprint to environmental care this administration flaunts to the world continues our decent in their eyes. We are no longer the nation of opportunity but the nation of the most backward thinking, gross caricature and egotistical leader in the world. How can anyone think that this EPA would respect the earth and it’s care when #45 believes in clean coal? We, as constituents, need to press our states to stand up to care for our lands and water. Otherwise, if we leave it to #45 and his administration, we’ll be lost in smog and floating in hazard waste!

    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
  • Christine
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Please take action to have the U. S. Keep its word regarding climate change data to the U.N. Regardless of djt’s foolish, ignorant destructive behavior.

    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
  • JTJ
    02/08/2018
    ···

    The government should only answer to the American people. We need to kick the UN to the curb.

    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
  • Rhonda
    02/08/2018
    ···

    Should the U.S. remain in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change? YES OF COURSE WE SHOULD - even if our so called President and all of his appointees are in denial about climate change and its’ cause and effect we should still make every effort to remain in touch with reality. Do you want the State Department to get moving on the report? YES!

    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
  • Norm
    02/09/2018
    ···

    Representatives do what you can to keep California’s Climate Health relevant. As for the rest of country let’s align California with like minded States to form a coalition for climate Health. We only need to share our will power for the change to grow. Don’t go to sleep folks.

    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
  • Kim
    02/08/2018
    ···

    It’s time to hold people accountable in their jobs. This report needs to be submitted so that we can track trends of our environment and do so with an outside source that can accurately, and without much bias, tell us what needs to be done for the safety of the globe and our people.

    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share