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Gulf of Mexico spill: the longer-term impact

The International Institute for Strategic Studies publishes a 'Strategic Comment' on the longer-term impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Described at the time by President Barack Obama as 'the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced', the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico had environmental, economic and political consequences.

The 20 April 2010 blowout killed 11 rig workers and left crude oil pouring into the Gulf. An official report into the incident, published in January, called for widespread regulatory reform.

But it remains to be seen whether the spill will inspire Congress to embrace reforms, or will create further splits in an area where a fragile bipartisan compromise on energy and climate change had previously existed.

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