Climate Crusaders Yet Carbon Creators

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Climate Crusaders Yet Carbon Creators

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From the print edition of The New American:

“Climate change is real,” actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared in his 2016 Academy Award acceptance speech. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

Likewise, Great Britain’s Prince Charles told the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that “global warming, climate change, and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced.”

“Do we want to go down in history as the people who didn’t do anything to bring the world back from the brink?” he asked. “The only limit is our willingness to act and the time to act is now.”

One might expect people who are so confident that comfortable Western lifestyles — particularly to the extent that they generate excessive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) — are going to doom the planet to be doing everything they can to reduce their own contributions to global warming. But one would be very, very wrong.

Rex Murphy, columnist for Canada’s National Post, pointedly observed, “There is no issue on this orbiting Earth, nor has there even been, that has the burden and depth, the volume and intensity of the rawest hypocrisy — that burns on the flames of hypocrisy itself — as that of global warming.”

“Those who most harangue and harass the rest of us on our ‘carbon’ usage,” he averred, “are the greatest wastrels of all.”

Leo the Lyin’

When it comes to the alleged threat of global warming, DiCaprio is easily the most outspoken Hollywood celebrity. The Oscar-winning 45-year-old created, produced, co-wrote, and narrated the 2007 documentary film The 11th Hour, in which he declared that “global warming is … the number-one environmental challenge we face today.” He was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, and spoke at the signing of the 2016 Paris Agreement. He addressed the World Economic Forum. He even obtained a private audience with Pope Francis to discuss the issue.

DiCaprio never misses an opportunity to lecture the rest of us on the need to “decarbonize” to save the world. “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” he said in Paris. “An upheaval and massive change is [sic] required now.” He has even argued that people who deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change “should not be allowed to hold public office.”

DiCaprio’s actions, however, belie his public pronouncements.

According to CelebInsidr.com, DiCaprio has a net worth of $260 million “and surely knows how to spend it well. He has fine taste in houses and mansions and shops for them like kids shop for candies…. He is known to own at least 13 houses and mansions, including bunglows [sic] and apartment[s] in California and New York.” His carbon footprint from his dwellings alone dwarfs that of most other humans.

On top of that, he owns numerous automobiles. Some are electric or hybrid, but plenty, such as his four Rolls-Royces and his Lamborghini Aventador, are gas guzzlers.

Then there’s his long-distance travel, which he does in abundance, often on private jets or yachts.

In 2014, for example, he took a private jet to the World Cup in Brazil. “While there, he stayed on the 470-foot yacht of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan — the chair of Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company,” according to a Media Research Center (MRC) report. “DiCaprio had rented the same yacht in April 2014, to co-host an ’80s themed party with Jamie Foxx and Orlando Bloom.”

The previous New Year’s Eve, DiCaprio and his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill chartered a 747 from Sydney, Australia, to Las Vegas so they could attend parties in both places.

In six months of 2015 and 2016, DiCaprio took 18 airplane trips totaling almost 100,000 miles. In May 2016, he traveled by private jet from the Cannes Film Festival to New York City to accept — apparently with a straight face — an award for his environmental advocacy. Then he flew back to Cannes, a round trip of 8,000 miles.

Last year, DiCaprio took a private jet to a Google climate-change confab in Sicily. He wasn’t alone: 114 private aircraft and more than a few luxury yachts (which can burn as many as 530 gallons of fuel per hour) brought supposedly carbon-hating celebrities to the conference at the luxurious Verdura Resort, where they rode around in gas-gulping Maseratis.

“I reckon this high-class global warming missionary retreat wiped out in a mere three days the presumed benefits of Canada’s useless carbon tax,” Murphy caustically remarked. “Ten such summits and the Earth will barrel into the Sun: not from overheating — from perfect embarrassment that it shelters such a band of plutocratic Uriah Heeps.”

Gore-ging on Fossil Fuels

DiCaprio’s counterpart in the political realm is former Vice President Al Gore. Gore was one of the earliest politicians to warn of the supposed threat of global warming, holding the first congressional hearings on the subject in 1981. He is the author of three books on climate change, two of which have been made into movies. Despite his lack of scientific credentials, Gore is a featured speaker at many climate conferences; he claims to have delivered his keynote address on global warming at least 1,000 times.

According to MoneyInc.com, Gore’s net worth stands at $300 million. A significant portion of that comes from his global-warming activism. In addition to the profits from his books and movies, Gore rakes in a cool $100,000 every time he gives that famous keynote speech, and he collected $1.5 million when he received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Gore also scored a $70-million payday (after clearing debts) from the 2014 sale of Current TV, the network he cofounded, to Al Jazeera, the network partly owned by the royal family of Qatar, whose fortune comes from the sale of that well-known green-energy source, petroleum.

While Gore doesn’t own a private jet, he does log thousands of commercial air miles every year stumping for global socialism in the name of saving the planet. Others attending those events also fly in for them, some in private planes.

Performers at Gore’s 2007 “Live Earth” concert flew a total of at least 220,000 miles, leading the English rock band Muse to dub it “private jets for climate change.” The Guardian noted: “Its total carbon footprint, including the artists and spectators’ travel and energy consumption, was likely to have been at least 31,500 tons, said John Buckley of Carbonfootprint.com — more than 3,000 times the average Briton’s annual footprint. One viewer of BBC2’s Newsnight complained online: ‘Would you hold a hog roast to promote vegetarianism?’”

 

This article appears in the May 4, 2020, issue of The New American. To download the issue and continue reading this story, or to subscribe, click here.

Courtesy of The New American