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NEW YORK – Manche fragen sich, wie man es sich mitten in den Kalamitäten der globalen Finanzkrise leisten kann, das Problem des Klimawandels in Angriff zu nehmen. Die Frage sollte aber lauten: Können wir es uns leisten, das nicht zu tun? 

Lassen wir zunächst die allseits bekannten Argumente beiseite  – dass nämlich die wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse eine klare Sprache sprechen, dass der Klimawandel eine unbestreitbare Bedrohung des Planeten darstellt und dass es mit jedem Tag, an dem wir nichts unternehmen, noch schlimmer wird. Beschränken wir uns stattdessen auf die rein ökonomischen Aspekte.

In Zeiten, da der globale Wirtschaftsmotor stottert, brauchen wir Wachstum. In Zeiten, da die Arbeitslosigkeit in vielen Ländern ansteigt, brauchen wir neue Arbeitsplätze. In Zeiten, da Hunderte Millionen von Menschen, vor allem in den am wenigsten entwickelten Teilen der Welt von Armut bedroht sind, brauchen wir die Aussicht auf Wohlstand. Wir haben die Möglichkeit, diese Ziele zu erreichen..

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