Bin Laden slams US on climate change, economic crisis

Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the US and other industrialized countries for global warming.

Bin Laden slams US on climate change, economic crisis

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday.

In the message aired on Al-Jazeera television, possibly timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, bin Laden said "all industrial nations, mainly the big ones, are responsible for the crisis of global warming."

"Discussing climate change is not an intellectual luxury, but a reality," he said in the audio recording whose authenticity could not be immediately verified.

"This is a message to the whole world about those who are causing climate change, whether deliberately or not, and what we should do about that."

The Al-Qaeda chief condemned the administration of former US president George W. Bush for refusing to sign the Kyoto protocol on cutting carbon emissions.

"Bush... and the Congress before him, rejected this agreement, only to satisfy the big companies," said bin Laden.

"Those (firms) are behind speculation and monopolies, and rises in prices... and they are behind globalisation and its tragic results."

"Bailouts"


Bin Laden also slammed financial bailouts set up by wealthy countries to help big industry cope with the global financial crisis, saying the programmes helped companies that caused the economic meltdown.

"When those perpetrators fall victims to the evil they had committed, the heads of states rush to rescue them using public money.

Bin Laden has mentioned climate change and global warning in past messages, but the latest tape was his first dedicated to the topic.

He also cited prominent American leftist Noam Chomsky, saying the US administration operates like the mafia.

"Chomsky was right when he pointed to a resemblance between American policies and the approach of mafia gangs. Those are the real terrorists," said bin Laden.

He was apparently referring to comments made in British newspaper The Guardian in November by Chomsky, a linguistics professor famous for his opposition on US policy.

"Boycott"

He went on to call for a boycott of American products and an end to the dollar's domination as a world currency.

"We should stop using the dollar and get rid of it... I know that there would be huge repercussions for that, but this would be the only way to free humankind from slavery... to America and its companies," he said.

"Whatever the repercussions of such (boycott) decision would be, staying in slavery to them would have bigger and more dangerous results."

He said that such steps would also hamper Washington's invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The United States never ratified the existing Kyoto Protocol, whose present commitments expire in 2012, and has said it will not sign up to an extended Kyoto Protocol, preferring a new agreement.


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