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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    August 6, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Georgia Miller

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    April 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lucy Robinson

    Climate Change is really scary, now we have super typhoons and a lot of flooding going on some countries..'.-

    April 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kimberly

    climate change . God controls the cliamte...we can pray for a certain climate and He could give it. I don't think there is global warming...but if you say there is ,it is like beleiving in faith and so it may be hotter than usual..i asked god for a nice winter this year ...with snow like it used to. Well He did.I was blessed . We as people of this earth are the cause for most of our own problems.And what is so funny is that you blame it on everyone else except yourself.I am sorry we do that. So how can we make things better.
    People pray and take a step of faith to be an example of who Jesus really is ....seek Him ..He can heal your land and more.

    February 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Britincolo

    Wonder if he paid $ to offset the carbon footprint of those hi-jacked airliners?
    This guy is himself a major contributor to global warming with all the hot guff he emits.....

    February 2, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ollie

    Much as I detest Bin Laden, he is partially corret in sayin that the failure of Bush to sign up to the Kyoto protocol, or to increase taxes on vehicles with un-necessarily large engines, has led to a significant increase in emissions in the US. As the worlds largest polluter, the US could significantly reduce greenhouse gases simply by insisting on more fuel efficient cars. It doesn't take anything away from the American way of living, however there is no justification for single people and couples to be driving around in large SUV's and small trucks. Regardless of how little respect we have for Bin Laden, the message should not be ignored. Al Gore and millions more are saying similar things!!

    February 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. what to do.

    GLOBAL WARMING... now climate change. Guess what fokes the earth is cooling and has been for eons. bit by bit its cooling. you cant grow crops on ice. Global warming is prolonging life on earth. If we are able to warm the planet people will get use to it, as i am currently in iraq and have been here for 2 year i can say people can survive hot weather. Global warming is good, it puts more water in the air, thus makes more rain to grow more food in more locations. I am all for global warming and your an enemy of all life on earth if your not for it. again you cant grow crops on ice.

    January 31, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Observa from da Bronx

    I just spoke to Elvis and he told me that he's gonna spank this Osama dude...personally.

    January 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jagjit Singh Mukandpuri

    My appeal to all brothers and sisters of globe is please forget the past all and shed this hatred and ego. Work for global peace and harmony and adopt the policy of LIVE & LET LIVE. Thanks.

    January 30, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    I don't give a crap what this guy says. Assuming these are real messages, why would CNN even give credence to them? He has no respect for life so why we should we listen to anything he has to say?

    January 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  17. DMK

    Climate change.., so easy a caveman can do it. The only thing killing this planet is his ideology!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Don Marco

    Bull. This guy is either dead or hanging out in Crawford, Texas, where he's probably been for quite some time. I hear he handles a chain saw fairly well and has a 4 handicap. Note to Osama: Show up or shut up.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. PowPig

    He must be feeling the heat in his cave............WTH

    January 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chris

    This is evidence to me that bin Laden is dead. Of all the issues going on in the world, he's taken yesterday's news. bin Laden is like Tupac now, dead but still releasing tapes from rants he had a long time ago.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jack

    Let's go one step further with this logic Bin Laden, isn't it your fault for selling us all the oil?

    Therefore should you eliminating the Arabs, shouldn't your holy war be against your brothers for selling the oil to West. By eliminating them you'd stop gobal warming.

    Only fools justify what they want to believe and you are the greatest fool of all.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. maryanne

    Well, I blame BinLaden for whole variety of obvious things.
    He gives the U.S.A. much too much credit.
    Partial responsibility for climate change vs complete responsibility for savage terrorism world wide.
    Gee, BinLaden, you get the thorn crown.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. IToldUso

    This coming from a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth?

    January 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sooner

    Civil Engineer gone wild. Laden is Civil Engineer by education (same as his buddy-Ahmedinajad PhD Transportation Engg).
    But you cannot blame this laden dude this time. He has the most eco-friendly lifestyle.....rides on horses (no gas consumption), lives in caves (no electricity needed).........eats some freshly hunted organic meat (no industrial carbon footprint).

    But the news is hilarious!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. reader2010

    I won't be surprise if this man gets the Nobel prize too.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  26. sunshine52

    Sir, you have been in your cave too long. How can we be responsible when all our manufacturing jobs have been relocated to India, Pakistan or China. Besides, who cares what you think?

    January 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Robert

    The guy must be feeling very very hot in his hide-out. Or is he snowed in??

    January 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Alpha/Omega

    How useless is your speech, Bin Laden. For it will be by the very hand of God that snares you. Think not that any man should deliver you, for you will be as a flea shaken from the back of a dog. For you shoot forth you lips in boastful pride and you carry yourself as exalted. But you shall know that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will deliver you into the hands of your enemy, nor will you be able to escape.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kyle

    Maybe Bin Laden can tell me where I left my keys. Wait..no he can't...CAUSE HE'S DEAD!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  30. katacus

    why cant we catch this guy, again?

    January 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. John

    U have to be kidding me LMAO

    January 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LOL

    the caveman has spoken....
    these guys really have alot of time on their hands...shouldn't they be like..freeing muslim children children or something..OH WAIT HES STILL HIDING IN A CAVE SOMEWHERE MY BAD =/

    January 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  33. barnabas

    Here's my plan:

    He's obviously hinting that he wants to be the Global Warning Czar. I suggest that the President nominate him for that position and when he shows up for the Congressional nomination hearing, we nab him.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  34. pc

    This is cherry on top of my cupcake. Oh, how nice. Bin Laden became a moral individual and started to care about the environment. I am laughing my arse off.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  35. alex1331

    @ Nathanael- Wow. These tapes are what finally got on your nerves? It had nothing to do with 9/11 or the bombing of the USS Cole. A lot of messages on these news boards are depressing to read. Good Grief

    January 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    Yeah, but he sure doesn't mind all of the money coming into his part of the world from oil sales now does he? He is a cowardly hypocrite who is unfortunately also a psychopath.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. SillyT

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    January 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ashley H, Canada

    Uhh, since when do terrorists care about climate change?

    And seriously, where is bin Laden's bullet-to-the-head?

    January 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. johnrj08

    This message if obviously NOT Bin Laden talking. He could care less about the planet and 90% of the people who live on it. And Bn Laden doesn't talk like this. "George Bush Junior"? Come on.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  40. unimpressed

    It's nice to know that Usama and Obama have found common ground. It's a start. Now maybe they can have a nice dialog over a beer.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brent

    kill the messanger...not the message..the truth hurts sometimes.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dennis

    Maybe he could also blame the U.S. for being such a despicable cruel and evil excuse for the person he is.He is a coward that should stay hidden inside his cave.The only other thing I want to hear about him is when he is dead,killed by Army Special Forces troops or that he has been decapitated and his head has been fed to wild animals!

    January 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Russell Gonzales

    Nice to see, that Obama and Osama share yet another thing in common, their insane belief that the US is to blame for everything.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  44. StandByTheConstitution

    Further to the comment previously made, if the terrorism situation in the U.S. were such that we had two terrorist events every week, in every U.S. city, every year since 9/11, that would still not justify the rape of U.S. citizens rights, violating the constitution, in the introduction of the Patriot Act. Wake up, citizens of the U.S. Osama Bin Laden has been dead for a number of years. The U.S. government said so itself in 2001. If you know the history of U.S. intervention, via the CIA, in all the countries we are now fighting against and all those we have fought against, not to mention the CIA intervention here in the States, Illegal intervention – I should add, you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, you owe it to yourself to find out. It's all public knowledge. Available on the internet.

    By the way, I am an American to the bone. The U.S. is MY country. I have no other.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mance Lotter

    why don't you just suicide bomb mother nature until she stops changing so much?

    January 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mikeo

    Funny how you can justify decapitating someone for just being a citizen of a particular country and you live in a cave and you now feel the need to address climate change....come on Osama surely you can trash talk the US with something better than climate change!

    January 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dennis

    If he wasn't a mass murderer – he'd be that rich guy whose family made millions selling oil to the United States.

    So many layers of crazy.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Cyg

    "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." – Even the enemy has it figured out, but for some reason, we can't.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Linda

    Why do we give Bin any press time? You are actually helping his cause.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ihatestupidpeople

    Wow! Bin Laden must be hoping his target audience are the most uniformed people on the planet. Take a tour around the world and enjoy the thousands of unregulated factories throughout Asia or South America. Enjoy the toxic methods of waste management flowing into nearby rivers or simply into the nearby soil. It's unimaginable that people don't understand how big the unregulated and hypocritical world is outside the United States. Bin Laden thrives on the lack of knowledge his stupid followers have. Let's all take a trip together to Dubai and enjoy some modern day slavery or head on over to China for some lead infused play toys. Wake up, shave and get a life.

    Idiot on all accounts

    January 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  51. mark

    We (the USA) is responsible for climate change! I think we know that already! Whats your point Bin Laden? By the way where are you!

    January 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. anobody

    Who is this anyway. Definately not a Mujahid. Too chicken to show his face. He is definately without any honor and has failed. Go hide in a cave someplace, oh wait he already is...

    January 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  53. StandByTheConstitution

    Once again, we have the CIA, sending messages as if it were from our number 1 bad guy. Let me ask a question. If Osama BinLaden was such a threat to the U..S. why is he not on the FBI's top-ten list? Question number two. When you see big name oil companies signing up for the cap and trade proposal, is the climate change agenda helping our environment or is it just simply a tool for large corporations, who have no interest is saving the planet, to make money? Once again, you be the judge, using common sense,

    January 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Dana

    Speaking of climate change, hows that cave treating you Osama?

    January 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Nick Dormer

    What next, is he going to blame us for the hemorrhoids he is probably suffering from as well?

    January 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jon

    How about all the pollution that came about from blowing up two massive buildings in New York? Do we reallly care what Bin Laden thinks about pollution and the environment?

    January 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ty

    Who cares.
    That's like Hitler bad mouthing the US for climate change because of gun powder clouds in the war beating him down.

    So what's his stance? Other than bomb load up a brain dead religous nut and charge a orphanage... cause that will change the world...and teach the parents of those dead kids to bow before him. Oh wait that enrages them and they turn on him as well...

    January 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Dr. Roy K. Boutwell

    Well, Al Gore finally has a very qualified prospective running mate should he ever decide to throw his hat in the ring again for the Presiency. Both experts in geological climate change and experts with the internet, Al; having invented it and Osama an expert in using it !!!

    January 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. badbillied

    I find it ironic that bin laden is concerend about the climate. All his followers are told that paradise awaits them for being martyrs, so fresh air should not concern a group that hopefully intends to be in a vat of martyr sauce. More people die a terrible death everyday that he continues to conduct his personal jihad. I think his boys and their toys create a carbon footprint that should concern him first and foremost, if he truly is concerned about the future. It must be a real challenge to try and take over the world, be worried about melting glaciers and depleted ozone and blame the United States for all this. Enjoy the climate while you can Osama, your last breath is just around the corner God willing

    January 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. David

    Whats next? An opinion on health care reform and the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars'? If this really is Osama it suggests hes pretty desperate to be part of the converation, any conversation.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Pete In Canada

    LMAO! This has to be the best headline I have read this year. You guys should give this guy the right to vote and give him a talk show.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jessie

    Bin Laden is either dead, or our government dont want to find him.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caroline

      your statement is about as stupid as your grammar skills. Our Government is trying to find this man, but when a whole religious group (which is the greater part of the middle east) is praising a man that our military is trying to find, not to mention that he has his own supply of explosive and suicidal soldiers to defemd him, it tends to make things a bit difficult.

      September 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  63. kev

    What does Bin Laden care about the environment? He is a mile under ground hiding in the dark. Why is his opinion even considered to be posted on CNN.com? He is not a leader of any country. He is the leader of a failing terrorist group, which will be obsolite it the next year. His thoughts on the environment are about as worthless to me as a tredmill to a crippled man.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Deepak Sankaran

    Must be getting really hot in his cave!!

    January 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dan

    I think it's wonderful that Osama is finally taking seriously climate change. He did'nt strike me as the most earth freindly person prior to this announcement.


    January 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. doofus

    yes, only americans drive fossel fuel vehicles. i'm sure his toyota or mercedes that he tools around in afghanistan and pakistan is 100% alternative fuel, what an idiot...

    January 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  67. rj

    now ABL is going to be a climate specialist?

    January 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Ant928

    Really? I mean I know "The West" is to blame for all of the world's evils...but since when did Al Qaeda become Environmentalists?!?!?!?

    January 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Macdeezy

    I say it every time they publish a story....Bin Laden IS DEAD! if he really were alive, he would send a VIDEOTAPE with a time signature. These kinds of tapes are fabrications used for jihadist propaganda and to keep Americans afraid which only prolongs the conflict. That's what Al Qaeda wants, don't fall for it.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Marcia Williams

    Osama bin Laden, now a "holier than thou" global warming critic?

    And how has he helped slow global warming? What is the impact of 9-11 on diversion of resources to security to save lives?

    I find his preaching on global warming inconsistent with his advocacy of global economic chaos and the killing of innocents.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jefe

    Geez – how much more dead does bin Laden have to be before people finally stop believing these tapes are from him. If he's still alive today, given that he was due to die years ago (we know this from his July, 2001 hospital visit), then he is a living miracle.

    Osama bin Laden is dead, and has been for a long, long time. The boogeyman is gone folks. Why do we need a boogeyman to sell the war anyhow? If the war is legit, then its legit.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Grrr-Awful-O

    I suppose this new scientific data will be added to the next global climate change conference's body of knowledge? Or the UN's? Or Al Gore's (if it makes a buck)? Or maybe we could finally give Osama that Nobel that he's overdue for!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Nathanael [desert voice]

    Bin Laden is really getting on my nerves. One tape per year is OK, but not every week! The guy must be getting lonely, or what? I have said that these tapes should be stopped, even if it takes shutting down al-Jazeera!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  74. PCK

    Why does anyone care what he has to say? Why not ask Paris Hilton what she thinks and post it for the world to see? Your using him for views as he uses you for his propaganda.


    January 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Nima

    Now the caveman is also an expert on climatology? I think soon pigs will also fly.

    January 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |