January 29th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Report: Bin Laden tape blames U.S. for climate change

(CNN) - A newly released audio message allegedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden condemns the United States and other industrial nations for causing climate change. The message was released Friday by the Arab network Al-Jazeera, based in Doha, Qatar.

"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 says in the tape, according to  Al-Jazeera's Web site. "George Bush junior, preceded by congress, dismissed the [Kyoto Protocol] agreement to placate giant corporations. And they are themselves standing behind speculation, monopoly and soaring living costs."

The Kyoto Pact is a U.N. treaty adopted in December 1997, which has been signed by more than 100 nations, excluding the United States.

It was not immediately clear if the message represented an entire tape or was part of a previous one.

Last weekend, another purported tape from bin Laden was released in which he claimed responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane en route to Michigan on Christmas Day. CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of either message. However, the CIA has in the past confirmed Al-Jazeera reports on tapes from the al Qaeda leader.


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