As a complement to my previous post.
“In the Obama worldview, fighting climate change will ”finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.” In the Osama worldview, it will ”bring the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.”
“The president and the Democrats running Congress fail to see the dangers that environmentalist extremism poses to the U.S. But bin Laden has concluded it is a powerful weapon that can destroy us.”
“Environmentalist extremism has made the leap from a politically-correct fetish of leftist utopians who resent capitalists to an economic weapon highly recommended by America‘s international Public Enemy No.1.”
The Greening Of Osama Bin Laden
Posted 01/29/2010 07:05 PM ET
Al-Qaida: Global warming fanatics have an unwelcome new ally: Osama bin Laden. Unlike enviro-leftists, the terror master recognizes that the green agenda can cripple the U.S. economy.
In the Obama worldview, fighting climate change will ”finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.” In the Osama worldview, it will ”bring the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.
The president spoke those words to Congress last week during his State of the Union message; the head of al-Qaida was delivering his latest rant for broadcast to his followers.
The president and the Democrats running Congress fail to see the dangers that environmentalist extremism poses to the U.S. But bin Laden has concluded it is a powerful weapon that can destroy us.
The Saudi-born patriarch of Islamist terrorism, from whatever cave he currently calls home, devoted his entire latest audiotape message to global warming. ”Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,” bin Laden declared. ”All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”
Bin Laden even bashed ex-President George W. Bush for opposing the Kyoto Protocol at the behest of big business; he must have gotten hold of the Democratic National Committee’s talking points.
How do we prevent the promised worldwide calamity of temperatures going up and up? ”Drastic solutions” are in order according to the reclusive al-Qaida chief, as opposed to ”solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.”
The world must ”stop consuming American products,” he advised, and ”we should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible.”
That will have ”grave ramifications,” bin Laden admitted, ”but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America.” Doing so would have the added bonus of hurting U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, he added.
As George Mason University atmospheric physicist Fred Singer and Hudson Institute agricultural economist Dennis Avery point out in their book, ”Unstoppable Global Warming,” Kyoto would create some jobs, ”but far more would be lost through the economic stagnation and the higher taxes required to ration energy use.”
As Singer and Avery note, Americans ”have been reluctant to commit the United States to the cost of building an entirely new energy system when the old energy system was still working, the alternative fuel systems recommended by environmentalists were expensive and erratic, and the science of global warming was still uncertain.”
Of course, in the wake of last year’s Climategate e-mail scandal, in which hacked communications between climatologists revealed the intentional skewing of scientific evidence regarding warming, plus other tendentious misconduct, the science backing climate change alarmism is more uncertain than ever.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., former chairman of and now ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, argued on the Senate floor in November that ”developing countries like China and India will never be masochistic enough to subject their economies to the West’s climate neuroses. Meanwhile, Europe has proved with Kyoto that the only emissions quotas it will accept are those that don’t actually have to be met.”
He added, ”the U.S. will not support a global warming treaty that will significantly damage the American economy, cost American jobs, and impose the largest tax increase in American history.”
Inhofe spoke for many when he said that ”given the unemployment rate of 10%, and given all of the out of control spending in Washington, the last thing we need is another thousand-page bill that increases costs and ships jobs overseas, all with no impact on climate change.”
Environmentalist extremism has made the leap from a politically-correct fetish of leftist utopians who resent capitalists to an economic weapon highly recommended by America‘s international Public Enemy No.1.
Who wants to bet it’s only a matter of time before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad follows bin Laden’s recommendation and echoes the call to use global warming policies to topple the Great Satan from its position as the world’s lone superpower?
A bad treaty, after all, can be nearly as destructive as a nuke.
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