Osama Bin Laden Lectures Obama on Climate Change
“Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury — the phenomenon is an actual fact. All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”
Guess who said this. Nope, it’s not James Hansen or Rajandra Pachauri. It’s none other than Osama bin Laden. In new audio obtained by Al Jazeera, which has yet to be confirmed as authentic, bin Laden railed against the United States and other major economies for not acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The comments come just days before the start of U.N. climate talks in Tianjin, China and a month before major negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Negotiators are not expected to agree to a binding treaty at the meetings.
As the Guardian notes, Republicans are already pouncing on the comments:
The utterance immediately got star billing on the right-wing blog Drudge Report as well as a mention on Fox News – both repositories of opposition to action on global warming. And the Conservative RedState website asked, “What is the difference between Bin Laden and Al Gore?”