Bin Laden is Dead – Will the Environment Benefit?

bin laden environment carbon emissionsKilled in a hide-out in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden’s body will be transferred to America.

United States President Barack Obama has confirmed that al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead. Bin Laden was killed in a hide-out in Pakistan, north of Islamabad, according to the White House. The Jihadi terrorist was the mastermind of the Trade Tower bombings on September, 11, 2001.

“We conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden,” the president said in a televised address to the United States public.

Other Al Qaida actions against America included bombings of two American embassies in Africa. Obama is vigilant about stamping out terror, a welcome move that would no doubt have environmental and health benefits for the entire Middle East region. While sparse and well planned for media feedback perhaps, bin Laden, believe it or not, was a supporter of climate change. “This was the last conversion to the environmental cause that anybody would have wanted,” the Guardian reported last year.

Playing the blame game, the Saudi Arabian born al Qaida leader pronounced himself a believer in climate change and blamed America and other industrialised economies around the world for not stopping greenhouse gas emissions from changing our atmosphere. He did not mention Saudi Arabia’s role in climate change, or that of any other OPEC oil producing nation’s role.

“Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury — the phenomenon is an actual fact,” the tape says according to al-Jazeera. “All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”

Back in 2002, he made another appeal for the environment, and sent a note to the US: “You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.”

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11 thoughts on “Bin Laden is Dead – Will the Environment Benefit?”

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  3. Paul says:

    Oil is still good. Think about this next time you fill up at the gas station.

    1. Oil is essential. But it is absurd that the OPEC countries, and any of their people, are criticizing the consumers of oil.

  4. Samira says:

    Truth is truth.this article was informative and it was neutral as is your website….
    Good clean environment and good education can solve many problems.
    please keep up your straight forward attitude,its rare and highly appreciated!

  5. No environmentalist will applaud the link between Bin laden and the green movement, but his statements in 2009 about climate change echos a wide spread perception in the Arab societies about the role of the USA in causing and maintaining this catastrophe. However, this also reflects the lack of connecting the dsiruptive role played by some oil producing counries in the region that are considered US allies in trying to detour the raod to climate sustainability. The societies in the region need to see the big pictture and not only blame the USA and developed countries for historical emissions but also black the lack of committment by the countries in the region to the cause of reducing future emissions.

  6. hussein says:

    Pleasse, this link is somewhat strenuous, how about considering writing about how the middle east would look if all terrorists and corrupt regimes were gone.

    1. Great idea. The kind of dialogue I’d hope would start. A world without despots… I hazard to guess though that the carbon footprints of all these regimes would skyrocket…

  7. Phil says:

    I have to agree with “Benny”.

    The editor of Green Prophet should know I come to this publication for good environmental/technological content and find out what is happening on those subjects in the middle east.

    So far so good until this. Please review your editorial policy.

    1. Thanks for your feedback. We felt that the death of a famous Middle East terrorist is huge news, and for the journalists reading our site, wanted to point out some aspects of the environment he had spoken about in intermittent conversations with the press. We will try harder to live up to your high expectations.
      -Karin

  8. Benny says:

    Was this post really necessary?

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