DiCaprio: Politicians must believe in climate change to hold office..so sayeth Lord Leonardo
Politicians who deny climate change are unfit to serve, actor Leonardo DiCaprio said at a White House event Monday alongside President Barack Obama.
“The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over,” the Academy Award-winning actor said during a discussion during the White House’s South by South Lawn event. “If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts, or in science or empirical truths and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office.”
DiCaprio did not specifically mention Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or name any other politicians. He spoke ahead of the premiere of his new climate documentary, “Before the Flood.”
Obama declared himself “proud” of his administration’s efforts on climate change, and defended EPA’s rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants.
DiCaprio said most scientists he spoke with in making the documentary favored a carbon tax, but acknowledged that policy “needs to come from the will of the people.” Obama acknowledged that the current political climate meant “the likelihood of an immediate carbon tax is a ways away.”
The president also touted the international climate agreement reached in Paris last year, in which countries around the world agreed for the first-time to drive down their carbon emissions.
The Paris agreement is set to take effect “in the next few weeks … much faster than any of us first anticipated,” Obama said, adding that he also hoped to complete separate international agreements to limit international aviation emissions and another to drive down short-lived climate pollutants before leaving office.
DiCaprio casually admitted overnight to agreeing to the trip on billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX journey to colonise the Red Planet.
The Hollywood A-lister let it slip that he was one of the million people Musk plans to ferry to Mars during a climate change discussion at SXSL in Washington, DC, with US president Barack Obama and Canadian scientist Dr Katharine Hayhoe.
“One of the most insidious myths is that I have to be a certain type of person to care about climate change,” she said.
“But the reality is that if we’re a human living on this planet, which most of us are… as long as none of us have signed up for the trip to Mars… I don’t want to know if anybody has, I think you’re crazy.”
“I did”, DiCaprio chimes in.
“Oh you did, I’m sorry,” Dr Hayhoe quickly responds. “I take that back.”
As she shot a remorseful look at DiCaprio and laughed nervously, Mr Obama stepped in with a generous safe.
“No, I think he’d acknowledge that he’s crazy,” the outgoing President quipped.
A good humoured DiCaprio laughed off the moment and agreed: “that’s out”.
Mr Musk last week unveiled his ambitious plans to establish a “city” on Mars by sending humans on massive spacecraft with cabins, at a cost as low as $130,450 per person.
“We need to go from these early exploration missions to actually building a city,” he said at an expo center in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
leo back for more with his best mate barry..lecturing us how we should live as he builds on his massive carbon footprint..
i have added an article i saw yesterday in which leo reveals he has a bought a ticket to go to mars..now besides the point that this is laughable i want to request that if that does happen please make it a one way ticket eh?
“But the reality is that if we’re a human living on this planet, which most of us are… as long as none of us have signed up for the trip to Mars… I don’t want to know if anybody has, I think you’re crazy. “I did”, DiCaprio chimes in.”
yep your crazy leo!