Bin Laden slams U.S over global warming
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has slammed the United States and other industrialized nations for global warming, in an audiotape recording claimed to be of his voice.
"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 reportedly says on the tape, which was broadcast in part on Al-Jazeera television.
"Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury — the phenomenon is an actual fact," bin Laden said, according to the Al-Jazeera website.
Bin Laden said all the industrial states "are to blame for climate change, yet the majority of those states have signed the Kyoto Protocol and agreed to curb the emission of harmful gases."
He singled out former U.S president George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress for dismissing the agreement in order to placate giant corporations.
Bin Laden also called for a boycott of American products and an end to the dollar's domination as a world currency.
"We should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible," he said. "I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America."
The new message's authenticity could not immediately be confirmed, and it comes after a bin Laden tape released last week in which he endorsed a failed attempt to blow up an American airliner on Christmas Day.
With files from The Associated Press