Quicksand ahead

  • 9 February 2006
  • DNA

President George W Bush's State of the Union address surprised observers across the world for its reference to the US "addiction" to oil and his appeal to reduce drastically that country's dependence on oil imports. Other leaders round the world have been encouraged by this apparent shift in position by an administration whose energy policy appeared to be based solely on opening up virgin and ecologically precious areas of land in the US for oil exploration. The US has indeed been addicted to oil, and the love affair of that society with the automobile is the reality, which prompted Bush to say that the American way of life is not up for negotiation, when he summarily rejected the Kyoto Protocol. Full Text