In Obama's view, climate change represents a direct threat to the infrastructure of the United States, thereby maintaining the position that the need to combat this scourge underlies only the financial cost of natural disasters. The leader of the Executive announced new resources and federal grants for rural communities to face droughts and groups of indigenous people to train their officials to handle drastic changes in the climate.
The funds will also promote the development of three-dimensional maps of the United States for use in mitigating floods and erosion.
At the beginning of June, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a plan that aims to reduce the pollution of electric power plants by 2030, almost 30 percent in relation to the parameters of 2005, in order to combat the causes of the global warming.
According to the regulations, the 50 states of the country will have until 2018 to define how they will achieve their own readjustments.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the proposal "very ambitious but achievable," while, she said, it gives flexibility to state governments to develop their respective plans to achieve the overall goal.
The EPA estimates that the implementation of this measure will cost about $ 8.8 billion annually, but at the same time it will bring economic benefits for the northern country in the longer term.
In the opinion of the White House, the regulations will allow us to face climate change, since it will put limits on the emanations of some 600 plants that produce electricity based on mineral coal, responsible for around 40 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States. .
However, despite this new regulation, Washington has still not signed the Kyoto Protocol, a document that seeks to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at a global level, of which around 25 percent correspond to the United States.