According to an Associated Press story published Jan. 29, “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.”
The story went on the say that “in the tape, broadcast in part on Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden warned of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring ‘the wheels of the American economy’ to a halt.
“He blamed Western industrialized nations for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and called for ‘drastic solutions’ to global warming, and ‘not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.’”
Apparently this is the first time that Bin Laden - if it was he - has devoted an entire speech to climate change and/or global warming.
I’m pretty sure this is not the kind of support Al Gore and others in the pro-global warming camp were looking for in drawing attention to their concerns. But it does seem to indicate that just about everybody in the world has now chimed in on the topic. At the same time, I’m not quite sure why, if all industrialized countries are to blame, the boycott should only be on “American goods and U.S. dollars.”
But then I’m not an economist, a politician, or a world history authority. And I’m not even sure where I stand on the climate change issue.