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The Council on Foreign Relations’ International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) Program has chided the US for its failure to provide leadership in efforts to combat climate change.

IIGG’s Climate Change report card gave the US a middling-to-poor C-minus for its performance on tackling global climate change. The US was lumped in with China in the “laggard” category.

“As the world’s top carbon dioxide emitters, the United States and China are laggards for their uneven progress to ensure domestic action to combat climate change, as well as their continued resistance toward a legally-binding effort to mitigate it,” said the IIGG. “At the same time, prospects for domestic legislation to advance climate regulation remained weak,” it added.

The news for the US was not all bad. The report noted some steps in the right direction on the domestic front, such as setting stricter fuel economy standards, which lifted the average industry fleet-wide fuel economy requirement for US-manufactured cars to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Internationally, the US is a partner the multilateral Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, such as methane and hydrofluorocarbons.

And the US outperformed the broader international community, which received a D for its efforts. On a global level, progress on understanding climate change threats has been “good”, while monitoring and enforcing emissions reductions has been “average.” Efforts to actually curb emissions, promote low-carbon development, finance emissions cuts and adaptation and adapt to climate change have been poor, according to the IIGG.

But the US has plenty of room for improvement, specifically in terms of setting an example, according to the IIGG. “Notwithstanding some promising initiatives, U.S. leadership on climate change was disappointing,” the report said. “A comprehensive US strategy to combat climate change failed to gain traction”, and “the US repeatedly diluted agreements or scuttled negotiations on an international climate change treaty”.

Read the full report here:

CFR Climate Change Report Card