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Welcoming bin Laden to the climate activist hit list
Well, not really. It would seem al-Qaeda leader bin Laden got the memo that there is a new trend that people are paying attention to called "climate change".
Oh Osama! Climate change is so 2009! According to the Pew Research Center's recent poll, climate change is on the bottom of our political priority list for 2010,
Better luck next time.
I've already ranted about why we should kill the term climate change, so I won't get into that one again. But just in case you were about re-route a donation to Haiti Relief over to bin Laden on account of his recent appearance as climate activist, you might want to think twice.
Osama bin Laden is using the climate conversation to serve his own agenda with regards to the US and other industrial economies-this times around it's the reprehensible crime of climate change. Here's how it went down.
In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticized George W. Bush, the former US president, for rejecting the Kyoto pact and condemned global corporations.
"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.
Sorry to say, we are going to have to add Bin Laden to "crimes against climate activists" list since his new claim has only given fuel to climate deniers, as discussed by Juliana Williams on the youth climate movement blog It's getting Hot in Here:
His strategy is not to stop global warming, but rather to draw broader global support for his anti-American efforts. What better way to wreak havoc and chaos in the nation of his enemies than to associate himself with one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy: clean energy.
By highlighting the climate challenge, bin Laden opens the floodgates for climate deniers to claim that taking action on climate issues is now un-American, anti-American and that seeks to destroy the economy.
So thanks for nothing Bin Laden. We'll be adding you to our crimes-against-climate-activist hit list.
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