Saddam Hussien is an evil bastard, OK? But I doubt he will/did have the same impact as Bu$hCo's ignoring the real problem of global warming. There is just no long term thinking going on in Washington, D.C. It's a bourgeois town, you know.
"Even the coldest, darkest depths of the world's oceans can't escape the harmful effects of global warming -- and that includes deep-sea corals, local researchers have found.
The scientists are connecting the ocean's increasing absorption of carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels -- with changes in the chemistry of seawater. More carbon dioxide leads to a reduced supply of calcium compounds used by corals and other marine creatures to build their shells."