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Climate Change

This Famous Actor Will Fly 12,000 Miles to Give Speech on Evils of Carbon Emissions

Written by Philip Hodges

Oscar-winning actor and global warming activist Leonardo DiCaprio will be giving a speech on manmade global warming later this month. The actor’s busy party schedule will probably require – as it has in the past – that he board a private jet and fly halfway around the world.

Some 500 of his Hollywood friends are invited to hear DiCaprio talk about manmade global warming. Even though most of them are based in Los Angeles, the event will take place in Saint Tropez, France – roughly 12,000 miles round trip. The Daily Mail reported:

The reception – the grand-sounding Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Annual Gala To Fund Climate and Biodiversity Projects – will be held on July 20 at the Bertaud Belieu Vineyards on the French Riviera.

Celebrities including Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Spacey are all expected to attend, along with a host of international rock and pop stars, supermodels and tycoons.

And while a table seating 12 people at the gala costs up to £125,000, the real price will be paid by the environment.

If just one guest among the 500 invitees chooses to fly the 12,000-mile round trip from LA to St Tropez by private jet – a notoriously environmentally unfriendly way to travel – they will produce 86 tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas.

Even those who use a scheduled flight will be responsible for releasing seven tons of CO2 – leading green campaigners to ask why the event could not have been held in Hollywood or in St Tropez during May’s Cannes Film Festival, when many of the guests would have been there anyway.

This is hardly the first time the actor has crisscrossed the globe, raising awareness about how carbon emissions are causing global warming. Page Six reported in May about the actor’s acceptance of a “green” award and his ironic disregard for carbon emissions and their supposed effect on global warming:

DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro.

Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s [The American Foundation for AIDS Research] glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech.

Manmade global warming activists such as Leonardo DiCaprio often harp on “deniers” for their use of “dirty” fossil fuels, and their denying of any link between carbon-emitting sources – such as airplanes – and the global climate.

The New York Times once described air travel as the “biggest carbon sin.” Ironically, the biggest emitters of carbon are celebrities and high-profile politicians – many of whom are global warming activists – who see no problem with flying around the globe in their private jets and residing in giant carbon-emitting mansions, a lifestyle foreign to most Americans, no matter how much they might “deny” the existence of manmade global warming.

When pressed about this apparent hypocrisy, a source close to DiCaprio indicated that the private jet was the only way he could make all his events in time. And besides, he didn’t charter the flights himself. He “hitched a ride with someone already flying back [and] to Cannes.”

But environmental analyst Robert Rapier said these are just excuses, and that DiCaprio “diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions.” Rapier continued:

“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow. It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another…. Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ . . . It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people.”

This kind of hypocrisy shows that these celebrity global warming activists don’t actually believe what they say they believe. If they truly believed that carbon emissions were causing the earth to heat up, and this global warming would be catastrophic and might even mean the end of human civilization; if they believed as DiCaprio said in his Oscar acceptance speech that global warming is “the most urgent threat facing our entire species,” they wouldn’t dare do anything to contribute to it. The blatant hypocrisy itself shows how much of a scam the idea of manmade global warming really is.

 

 

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