Bin Laden Condemns U.S. for Climate Change

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 29 (UPI) — Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden condemned the United States and other nations, saying Friday in a new audio tape they are responsible for global warming.

Bin Laden criticized former President George W. Bush for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions and condemned global corporations, reported al-Jazeera, which said it obtained the tape.

“This is a message to the whole world about those responsible for climate change and its repercussions — whether intentionally or unintentionally — and about the action we must take,” bin Laden said. “Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury — the phenomenon is an actual fact.”

The tape follows the release earlier this week of a tape in which bin Laden hailed a Nigerian man accused in the failed attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas, the satellite television network based in Qatar said.

In his latest tape, bin Laden said industrial states were responsible for climate change, “yet the majority of those states have signed the Kyoto Protocol and agreed to curb the emission of harmful gases.”

To retaliate, bin Laden called for a boycott of the U.S. dollar, saying “we … should try to get rid of this currency as early as possible. I am certain that such actions will have grave repercussions and huge impact.”

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