Something tells me that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s endorsement of green policies this week isn’t the type of press environmentalists want.
While speaking in Copenhagen at the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) — which Iran, Turkey and Pakistan founded in 1985 — Ahmadinejad said that climate change is the result of the greed and behavior that comes from capitalism. “The main factor behind the destruction of the environment is the greed and the ceaseless avarice and insatiable hunger of the world's capitalists,” he said.
That was certainly a direct way for the Iranian president to start, and if you were one betting that he would tone down his comments from there, you'd be wrong — and a terrible gambler.
“The capitalist establishment and the world's major capitalists, the U.S. in particular, only seek maximum profits and to further reduce the cost of their products, they built production lines that are not compatible with the environment,” he said.
So there you have it. Ahmadinejad is playing the green card.