The hypocrisy is thick with this one. While speaking at the opening session of the High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement, actor Leonardo diCaprio told attendees at the UN that the planet cannot be saved unless fossil fuels are left in the ground.
“In America, I’ve witnessed unprecedented droughts in California and sea level rise flooding the streets of Miami. In Greenland and in the Arctic, I was astonished to see that ancient glaciers are rapidly disappearing well ahead of scientific predictions,” he said. “All that I have seen and learned on my journey has absolutely terrified me. There is no doubt in the world scientific community that this is a direct result of human activity and the effects of climate change will become astronomically worse in the future.” (Emphasis added)
I’m just going to take a wild stab at this, but I have a feeling diCaprio rides around in a very expensive car or an airplane — both of which require lots of products made from oil.
And the clothes he’s wearing wouldn’t have been possible without products made from oil. If he takes any medication, those, too, require products from oil.
And by the way, here’s a picture of his luxury yacht, which I’m sure uses a whole lot of fossil fuel:
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“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” he added, obviously without recognizing the hypocrisy of his own statement.
Calling for an “upheaval,” he told the Star Wars bar scene assembled at the UN: “You [the United Nations] are the last best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it, or we and all living things we cherish are history.”
Here’s the video of his statement, if you can stomach it:
How about this, diCaprio: You give up your lavish lifestyle; give your home and all your wealth away; live in a third-world straw hut with no power, no running water and no sanitation; catch, kill or grow and cook your food over an open flame from wood you collected by hand for a year without complaining and then I might give your words the consideration they deserve.
And if you’re not willing to do that, then may I suggest you keep your uninformed opinion to yourself and do what you do best — pretend to be something you’re not.
H/T: Climate Depot
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