Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown Tells US: Save Our Planet; Several Standing Ovations as PM Addresses Congress

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown Tells US: Save Our Planet; Several Standing Ovations as PM Addresses Congress

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Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor in Washington

GORDON BROWN today challenged America to harness the spirit that put man on the moon to save "a planet imperilled".

In a speech to Congress which brought him repeated standing ovations, the Prime Minister urged the most powerful - and polluting - nation to lead the rest of the world in tackling climate change.

"I believe that you, the nation that had the vision to put a man on the moon, are also the nation with the vision to protect and preserve our planet earth," he said..

In a moment of political history, he addressed both houses on Capitol Hill, striking a confident note to tell America it could also lead the world to economic recovery.

"And let me tell you that now more than ever, the rest of the world wants to work with you," he said.

The US has never ratified the Kyoto treaty to cut carbon emissions and is the biggest producer of greenhouse gases.

President Barack Obama has pledged to overturn the legacy of George Bush by working on a successor to the treaty. …

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