State Dept. petitioned to issue missing and overdue Climate Action Report required by climate treaty

U.S. in Violation of International Climate Change Treaty on Eve of Critical Meeting in Kenya

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace today petitioned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to produce the overdue U.S. Climate Action Report as required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The deadline for the fourth U.S. Climate Action Report passed on January 1, 2006—more than 11 months ago. Now the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from November 6-17 without required information from the U.S.

“As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and a non-party to the Kyoto Protocol, you would think that the U.S. could at least meet its modest commitment to issue a timely Climate Action Report,” stated Julie Teel, a staff attorney in the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate, Air and Energy Program. “With the daily influx of new scientific and economic data highlighting the urgency of immediate action to address climate change, the Bush administration’s failure to take even this meager step in the right direction is an indicator of just how far out of step it is with the desire of the majority of Americans to do something about global warming.”

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