Thursday, January 22, 2015

(Related Update): Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate Alarmist and First Rate Hypocrite

Related update:  Though not specifically directed at DiCaprio's specific version of environmental hypocrisy, this recent news story about the world's elite flying personal jets to Davos for the latest version of its communist gathering highlights a great example of massive liberal environmental hypocrisy. Breitbart.com reports:
A squadron of 1,700 private jets are rumbling into Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global warming and other issues as the annual World Economic Forum gets underway.
The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek.
“Decision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner, and lower-carbon economies,” former Mexican president Felipe Calderon told USA Today.
And there's also this: "It turns out global warming causes private jets".  Make sure you check out some of the other comments at this link; a few are tremendous! [hts: drudgereport; instapundit].

Original post 9/29/14:  Writing at the Heartland Institute's blog Somewhat Reasonable, Jim Lakely provides DiCaprio five big reasons he shouldn't be so worried about the climate and global warming.  The first is that, well, the globe isn't warming and hasn't for the last 18 years:
Global temperatures rose through most of the 20th century, about 0.9 degrees Celsius. But for nearly the last 18 years, global surface temperatures have flatlined. In fact, some satellite measurements have even indicated a slight cooling trend. This has happened despite humans spewing out more than 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since 2000. To put that figure in perspective, humans have emitted roughly 400 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere since 1750. So a quarter of all human emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution have occurred this century. And yet …no warming since “Titanic” came out. This is good news, Leo! You can take your private jet from LA to New York even if all you want is a slice of pizza.
Lakely also zings DiCaprio for his hypocrisy, an all-too common trait among the Hollywood elitists that would tell us how to live our lives:
 That is an awful convenient stance for a guy who owns at least four homes, took a private jet to New York, arrived at the rally in a limo and likes to party on an eight-story, 500-foot-long yacht that he rents from … wait for it … an oil-soaked Arab billionaireI kid you not.
Click here to read the entire entertaining post.