Five weeks into the oil leak caused by an explosion at a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and a number of unsuccessful attempts at plugging the holes in the pipework later, BP’s latest solution, ‘top kill’, has managed to stop the flow of oil and natural gas.
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Watching the antics of Ethicalman on this week’s Newsnight programmes as he journeys across the USA on his mission against global warming, I found myself wondering how the American government can feel happy to be taking minimal steps to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. Although there have been claims that America will lead the world in tackling climate change and setting the example for reducing carbon emissions, one interviewee that Ethicalman, Justin Rowlatt, was speaking to advised that the steps America takes may not be quite what December’s Copenhagen Climate Summit may be looking to impose. How can a nation as rich and with as many resources as the USA even contemplate such a poor response? So ok, the Environmental Protection Agency have committed that if the government doesn’t act, they will, declaring climate change to be a threat to human health, which does give some hope. But it shouldn’t have to be that way.