Leonardo DiCaprio: Those who do not believe climate change dogma should not...

Leonardo DiCaprio: Those who do not believe climate change dogma should not be allowed to hold public office

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Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio -- Wikimedia Commons
Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio — Wikimedia Commons

While participating in an hour-long discussion with Barack Obama, noted climate scientist actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared that those who do not blindly agree with climate change dogma should not be allowed to hold public office.

“The scientific consensus is in, and the argument is now over,” he said. “If you do not believe in climate change you do not believe in facts or science or empirical truths, and therefore in my opinion, you should not be allowed to hold public office.”

A post at EcoWatch added:

Even though DiCaprio did not name names, the comment has been interpreted as an attack on Donald Trump, who believes climate change is “a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese” (even though the Republican presidential candidate denied what he actually said at last week’s presidential debate).

The Oscar winner was at the White House to promote his new Fisher Stevens-directed documentary Before the Flood, which highlights the perils of a warming planet.

As The Guardian observed, Stevens said he plans to screen the film at college campuses and swing states such as Florida, where Marco Rubio is running for his Senate seat again.

“Rubio is a climate change denier, and we want to get these deniers out of Congress, to make them understand the Paris [climate] accords are important and that we need to do more,” Stevens said.

Obama also weighed in, the Huffington Post said:

President Barack Obama on Monday warned that Republicans in Congress who deny climate change contribute to a growing problem that he hoped to give more political urgency by emphasizing moral issues.

“Climate change is happening even faster than five years ago or 10 years ago,” Obama said. “What we’re seeing is the pessimistic end of what was possible, the ranges that had been discerned or anticipated by scientists, which means we’re really in a race against time. We can’t put up with climate denial or obstructionist politics for very long, if we want to leave for the next generation beautiful days like today.”

Goodbye freedom of speech and freedom of thought.

It’s a good thing DiCaprio wasn’t around when the Constitution was being crafted…

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