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Bin Laden on climate change

We have failed to find Osama bin Laden after eight years, and now he is opining on our climate-change policies and calling for an economic boycott. I’m waiting for the right wing to go ballistic.

For one, bin Laden is claiming that global warming exists. We’ve been trying to beat down this kind of nonsense here at home with some solid progress. Four in ten Americans now say they place “little or no trust in what scientists say about the environment,” and now bin Laden is trying to give renewed credibility to scientific research. Let’s just hope this kind of misinformation doesn’t take root in the Arab street.

For another, every time I have seen bin Laden on television, he looks cold. If the world was really getting warmer, would he wrap himself in a scarf all the time? If al-Jazeera won’t call him out, I certainly hope Fox News will.

The Post quoted one expert saying that bin Laden’s use of global warming as a wedge issue fits a pattern because he "looks to see the issues that are the most cogent and more likely to get popular support." We can’t find the guy, and yet he’s focus-grouping environmental issues? I can just see bin Laden in a cave right now listening to political consultants and examining giant pie charts on an easel.

But I suppose there is some good news for climate change deniers in all this: there is now yet another way to associate bin Laden and Democratic politicians, with the elections right around the corner. I’m sure those ads will be fun.

By Kevin Huffman  | January 30, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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I would have never guess that Binaden would transform himself into an enviromentalist, and will not be surprised if he will attend the protest against seal hunt in Labrador....what is next?

Posted by: vascov | January 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I would have never guess that Binladen would transform himself into an enviromentalist, and will not be surprised if he will attend the protest against seal hunt in Labrador....what is next?

Posted by: vascov | January 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Astonishing hypocrisy: the opiner repeats the claim that bin Laden is utilizing climate change as a 'wedge issue' to fuel animosity between the so-called 'Arab Street' and the West. Then he suggests using this to analogously relate bin Laden to the Democrats for the sake of his side's political gain. But to do this would be precisely to follow bin Laden's suit by utilizing this as a wedge issue! It's beyond distasteful.

Posted by: uncommonsense3 | January 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The writer so brainwashed by Fox News, he does not understand reverse psychology, nor the inroads in Pakistan caused by additional aid and a president that views Islam as extremists (Pakistan's word for terrorists) and non-extremists. If he thinks the west using cap and trade dollars to increase alternative energy decreasing Arab oil revenues is something Bin Laden wants, he is worse off than I thought.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 30, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

4 in ten Americans no longer trust what scientists say about the environment???? Indeed. Which particular scientific statements are you referring to. My bet is that other than highly publicized IPCC statements you can't name one single basic scientific result published in a scientific journal relating to climate change, and I presume you are one of the more educated ones. As regards the other 4 in 10 Americans you refer to, they wouldn't know a scientific fact if it came and bit them in the rear end.So who do they believe? Rush Limbaugh? The problem with climate change is that the topic has been wildly politicized and is routinely distorted by ignorant media people opining on topics about which they are totally ignorant.

Posted by: DavidPun | January 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why do American's still believe that binney is alive? He has been dead for years! He is just a boogy man that is brought out at just the right time to scare the sheeple in this country!
Stop with all this dis information, there is no proof that he is alive an making tapes! But there ya go... Bin Laughing the Boogy man, He care's about global warming? Kinda funny, Just like that tape that came out right before the last admistrations "State of the Union"
I am just saying... So stop already with this shoddy non sourced writing already!

Posted by: RaferJanders | January 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really believe he is still alive ? This guy who put out video tapes for years, and then, all of a sudden he discovers the joys of a tape recorder.Aren't there any video cams up there ? Obviously the terrorists want to keep him alive and so do those fighting them. An aging insulin dependant diabetic freezing his butt off in a cave in Pakistan. Give me a break.

Posted by: Ipooh | January 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It would seem bin's pulling our chain:
That he can't be too serious 'tis plain
Else he be a hard-liner
On need for India and China
To halt methane production and get naught for their pain.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | January 30, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

DavidPun ...I bet you think thr UN is doing a great job saving the world too.
Why just yesterday I think there was a new revolation of distorted truths and the UN admitted to it, maybe you should read more and admit to yourself that there is plenty of room to doubt the IPCC and their reported Scientific Fact.
Who realy cares what Bin Laden has to say anyways? Hopefully his cave gets to hot for him and he comes up for air long enough for a sniper to blow his head off.

Posted by: jhnjdy | January 30, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Is al-Qaeda a terrorist group or a political party? You have to admit, this terrorist organization isn't stupid. They're more than a group of men riding mules through the mountains and living in caves. They've started a movement - similar to many grassroots movements in the U.S. - by trying to win the Arab world over using the Internet and commenting on issues that concern most people, like climate change. The irony is: al-Qaeda looks like an American political party. Or at least a group similar to the Rebels and Tories in the American Revolution. Bin Laden - if he is alive - knows that in order for him to be powerful, he has to first win the minds of the people, just like Stalin and Hitler. Only then can his Muslim world vision happen. But it's only in this day and age, because of the Internet, that a criminal can start a world-wide movement while being on the hunt.

Posted by: ASUman | January 30, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.

Bin Laden's goal is that every aspect of human life be regulated by his interpretation of the Koran.

EPA's goal is that they regulate all CO2 which is a necessary component of all living activity.(except dieing...but then you would emit methane..another problem)

They seem like natural allies to me.

Posted by: SoldiersDad | January 30, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The A.P. is reporting today that yet another statement from Osama Bin Laden has been released on tape. Typical of the mysterious “Terrorist King,” Bin Laden’s diatribe rambles through much of American’s recent history of involvement in defending democracy around the world from the prospective of radical Islam. Ironically, it’s another case where his complaints are strikingly well aligned with the complaints of America’s radical left wing.

As examples, Bin Laden accuses Bush and Cheney and the “neo-cons” of having blood on their hands from the Iraq and Afghanistan “invasions,” where innocent Muslims where slaughtered and enslaved. As with the American left, Bin Laden praises liberal icon Noam Chomsky as an intellectual giant, chides the U.S. for excessive spending on military imperialism, and declares that democratic capitalism has failed. Bin Laden also criticizes Democrats for being too timid to stop America’s failed “war on terror” that has killed so many of Bin Laden’s Muslin brothers.

For the first time since 9/11, Osama Bin Laden has taken up the progressive cause to stop global warming. Bin Laden says, “All of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting in a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative [SIC] of the corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speaks [SIC] of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that….”

Just as true as is the saying “politics makes strange bedfellows”; it is even stranger in the area of ecopolitics. Here we have “the environmentalist” Osama Bin Laden politically aligned with Al Gore, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, President Obama, Congressional Democrats and thousands of green nonprofit groups. I guess these fellow travelers can now be identified as “Climategate deniers.”

Posted by: PAULTAYLOREXAMINER | January 30, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, the tapes are fakes like the ones the Pentagon made for Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

I'd like to see a new tape where Osama complains about doing his taxes on TurboTax. That would be a clear sign that the chief financier of Al Qaeda had outlived his usefulness to the Pentagon when you start seeing tapes that are as ridiculous as Al-Zarqawi trying to figure out how to handle a semi-automatic rifle.

Posted by: leshoro | January 31, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

So -

The quest for nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological (dirty bombs) is being done in the name of environmentalism? I don't think so.

Posted by: jburnetti | January 31, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Huffman looks and sounds very smug in his ignorance. Its obvious Huffmans success is dependent on obstructionism rather then intellectual productivity. I guess he and his counterparts feel safe that global warming will take many decades to unfold and they won't be around to accept blame for allowing it to advance unaddressed.
Why would anyone bother reading or addressing Bin Ladens take on Global Warming. He's just another Huffman like Luddite.

Posted by: tryreason | February 1, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

So Bin Laden has apostacized from Islam and joined the Church of Global Warming, eh...? He's better watch his back., LOL....

Posted by: carolm62 | February 1, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what the combined carbon footprint is from several blown up airliners, 2 destroyed extra tall skyscrapers, a piece of the Pentagon, a gazillion IEDs + destroyed targets, and all those rubber tires that Afghans now have to burn for fuel...?

Osama is an environmentalist like private jet Al is an environmentalist.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 1, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Nice job, Kevin. I bet the Republicans are paying Bin Laden to say that stuff. The ads are probably already in the can. Bin Laden is no doubt living somewhere in Massachusetts.

Posted by: martymar123 | February 1, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

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