Bin Laden: Climate Change To Blame For Pakistan Floods
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Even a guy in a cave can tell that climate change is happening now and that it is having horrible effects. In this case, the guy in a cave is Osama Bin Laden, who in his latest sound recording has lamented the effects of climate change to the planet, including how a worsening climate is caused the floods in Pakistan, where Bin Laden is believed to be hiding. The tape is authentic, according to the the watchdog group SITE. Bin Laden says:
"The number of victims caused by climate change is very big" -- "bigger than the victims of wars. The huge climate change is affecting our nation and is causing great catastrophes throughout the Islamic world." He goes on to that he "calls for generous souls and brave men to take serious and prompt action to provide relief for their Muslim brothers in Pakistan."
Bin Laden has commented on global warming in the past, putting much of the blame at the feet of President George W. Bush for failing to institute policies to reign in greenhouse gases. Of course, Bin Laden endorsed John Kerry for President in 2004, which probably hurt Kerry, who is committed to climate action.
In the previous tape, Bin Laden, speaking about Kyoto, said:
"However, George Bush junior, preceded by Congress, dismissed the agreement to placate giant corporations."
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