DiCaprio at Davos: Energy Industry’s Greed Threatening ‘Humanity’

Leonardo DiCaprio is going overboard again, except this time the only ship he’s riding is his titanic hypocrisy.

At the liberal World Economic Forum conclave held in Davos, Switzerland, actor and environmental activist DiCaprio took the tired liberal tack of blaming climate change on corporate “greed.” DiCaprio made the speech on January 19 and said that fossil fuels should be left in the ground “where they belong.”

“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil, and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” DiCaprio said. At the Golden Globes a week earlier, DiCaprio criticized “corporate interests” for threatening indigenous lands.

The World Economic Forum awarded Dicaprio with a crystal award for  "for his leadership in tackling the climate crisis."

Although DiCaprio blamed corporations and industry for threatening the planet, his global warming alarmism hasn’t stopped him from living big, regularly spewing carbon of his own traveling by private jets and partying on yachts.

During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio argued that “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.” He made a similar argument calling for 100 percent renewable energy in his 2014 film Green World Rising. The Daily Mail reported that during just six weeks of that year, he flew between Los Angeles to New York City on a private jet six times. The cost of those trips was hundreds of thousands of dollars, and far more carbon than was necessary.

The Daily Mail said, “Even if he flew on a commercial jet for all of flights, his carbon footprint so far in 2014 would be a minimum of 40 million metric tons of CO2 spewed into the atmosphere, more than twice the average American output for an entire year.”

When a reporter confronted DiCaprio about that glaring hypocrisy during the “People’s Climate March,”  he ignored her.

In 2013, DiCaprio played the now infamous conman and Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street. The movie perpetuated negative stereotypes about Wall Street and showed DiCaprio leading a sleazy, drug-filled lifestyle.

The actor is not a stranger to extremes in the debate over climate change either. In 2013,  DiCaprio released the film Last Hours, in which he said “nearly all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change.”

 

 

Sam Dorman
Sam Dorman
Sam Dorman Staff Writer