Osama bin Laden, it turns out, was deeply concerned about climate change. At some point just after President Obama took office in 2009, bin Laden took it upon himself to pen a heartfelt letter to the American people urging them to rise up and start "a great revolution for freedom." This revolution, bin Laden explained, would free the American public from the corporate influences that led to the financial collapse of 2008.
This supposed revolution, bin Laden reasoned, would give President Obama the ability to make "a rational decision to save humanity from the harmful gases that threaten its destiny."
The letter is one of many released today by the White House after being secured in 2011 when bin Laden was killed by American forces.
"The world should put its efforts into attempting to reduce the release of gases," reads another undated, unsigned letter that officials have attributed to bin Laden. "This is a struggle between two of the largest cultures on Earth, and it is in the shadow of catastrophic climate conditions."
Despite his abhorrent crimes, bin Laden seemingly felt strongly about climate change being both real and something that we should all be concerned about. The current slate of GOP presidential hopefuls, on the other hand? Not so much:
Frontrunner Donald Trump on climate change:
“I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems.”
Second lead-vocalist Marco Rubio:
“There’s never been a moment where the climate is not changing. The question is what percentage of that is due to human activity.”
Ted Cruz, the skeptic:
“Climate change is not science, it’s religion."
Ben Carson, the fun one:
"At any point in time, temeratures are going up and temperatures are going down. Of course that's happening. When that stops happening, that's when we're in big trouble."
And John Kasich:
"We’re not here to worship the environment but we are here to manage it. Of course we have to be sensitive to [climate change] but we don’t want to destroy people’s jobs based on some theory that’s not proven.”
Finally, there's one thing that each and every single of the GOP candidates can agree on and bond over: being less progressive than Osama bin Laden when it comes to a global threat that Leonardo diCaprio is very, very concerned about.