14 Apr '11, 3pm

Even Osama bin Laden thinks we need to do something about climate change

You’d think people who are willing to blow themselves up any day now wouldn’t worry too hard about the future of the planet. But as it turns out, it really isn’t possible to get MORE cynical about the future than a congressional Republican -- even if you’re an Islamic militant. Last October, Hezbollah guerilla chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told reporters that "the climate threat today is among the biggest threats faced by mankind in (terms of) its peace, security, stability and existence," Reuters reported after Nasrallah attended a tree-planting event in Lebanon. When massive floods inundated Pakistan last year, Osama bin Laden also noted on tape that, "the huge climate change is affecting our (Islamic) nation and is causing great catastrophes throughout the Islamic world," marking the second time that he has made the environment a major theme in a statement. That’s right...

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