Just when you thought the Warmists had lost the argument completely, an unlikely new champion has ridden to their cause. (Hat tip: Rob Stevely)
DUBAI (AFP) – Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden lectured the US and other industrial nations on climate change, and urged a dollar boycott in response to American “slavery,” in a fresh verbal assault broadcast 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.”
Some commentators are suggesting that this is a just cynical, Steve-Hilton-style attempt to “decontaminate the brand” after over a decade’s poor press for Al Qaeda. By repositioning himself as Mother Gaia’s Caring Sharing Friend Bin Laden may yet win the hearts of a broad new constituency ranging from Al Gore and NASA’s Dr James Hansen to soap-dodging crusty climate activists and carbon-trading oligarchs all the way to fragrant Yummy Mummies from Notting Hill who are BFs with Samantha and Dave Cameron, only eat organic, and do most of their shopping at I Saw You Coming.
Others argue that this is a naked bid for the IPCC chairman’s position shortly to be vacated by his near-doppelganger Dr Rajendra Pachauri.
Me, I’m looking to the furious denunciation of this “utter non-story” by Guardian environment columnist George Monbiot insisting that this is in reality yet another attempt by evil-climate-change-denier James Delingpole to make the AGW lobby look like a bunch of psychotic, basket-cases.
UPDATE: genius comment from one of the posters at Watts Up With That: “Global Warming just officially jumped the shark.”