Normally those working on environmental or “green issues” complain that it is high on the list of peoples’ priorities but low on those of politicians. When an election comes along issues like climate change sink without a trace.
There is a saying that the best way to release bad news is to bury it. So what did the US do on Easter Monday – it released figures that showed that it emitted more greenhouse gases in 2004 than at any time in history, confirming its status as the world's biggest polluter. Latest figures reveal that net greenhouse gas emissions during 2004 increased by 1.7 per cent on the previous year, equivalent to a rise of 110 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Good on you George - glad you are really taking climate change seriously.
For want of getting repetitious, it seems that BP has yet another corrosion problem in Alaska – this is its third. Chuck Hamel, BP’s bette noir, wrote to Stephen Johnson, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to report that BP had suffered additional corrosion leaks, which it had not yet reported. One we reported yesterday in a gas pipe.
Earlier today I said we haven't got it in for BP. So, in the interests of impartiality, I am just passing this message on and not commenting on yet another organisation or person having a go at this Great British institution.
It concerns Art Not Oil which is “a rolling exhibition aimed at encouraging artists to create work that explores the damage that companies like BP are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage”. See for yourself at http://www.artnotoil.org.uk/