De største kostnadene fordeler seg slik (tallene er i milliarder USD):
- Superstormen Sandy: 65
- Tørke: 30
- Andre uvær: 11,1
- Orkanen Isaac: 2,3
- Skogbranner: 2
Og dette var bare i USA.
Det er derfor forståelig at Obama i sin tiltredelsestale i januar 2013 sa:
«We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our croplands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.»
Dette var ikke tomme ord, men et uttrykk for vilje til å ta ansvar for at den verden vi overlater til våre etterkommere fortsatt er levelig. Og selv om den klimaplanen som ble lagt fram i juni 2013 primært er beregnet på det amerikanske folk, har den global betydning. Det understrekes i innledningkapitlet:
While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted and damaged. Through steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our children’s health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so that we leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.
Se og hør Obama annonsere sin plan, hvor han innledningsvis understreker den store vitenskapelige enigheten det er om at planeten blir varmere, og at dette er menneskeskapt.
Les hele planen her.