The world’s most wanted terrorist has blamed the west for not doing enough to fight climate change.
In an audio tape Al Jazeera says it has obtained from Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader says climate change is real, and calls it the result of economic globalization.
“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,” says bin Laden.
“Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury – the phenomenon is an actual fact.”
Bin Laden blames all western economies for doing too little to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but in particular condemns former US president George W. Bush for not having ratified the Kyoto Protocol.
“George Bush junior, preceded by [the US] congress, dismissed the agreement to placate giant corporations. And they are themselves standing behind speculation, monopoly and soaring living,” Bin Laden says.
The message contains no direct threats of terror acts. Intelligence analysts have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the tape.