Now, I have said for long time now DiCaprio is one of the if not the best contemporary actor we have. I can’t think of a movie he’s made that I haven’t liked.
With that said, I am continually astonished at the causes Actors and Actresses support, back, and sometimes with a religiosity that rivals any evangelical, are intolerant of any dissenting view or opinion.
What’s disturbing is that often celebrities don’t know the most basic facts of what they’re promoting, especially in what’s regarded as science driven activism. Nor do they always adhere to the disciplines they ask you and I to, sometimes a great inconvenience or cost. Take this diddy from Leo:
DiCaprio was appointed last year as a United Nations representative on climate change, was quoted by Vanity Fair expressing alarm that while in Calgary filming his new film “The Revenant,” there would be “eight feet of snow and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come,” the Canadian Press reported. Leo said he was told by locals “this has never happened in our province ever.”
“It was scary,” he reportedly told an audience at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation awards. “I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic.”
“You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference,” he said. “It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”
DiCaprio makes a simpleton’s observation, “You see the fragility of nature,” no actually nature is very durable, strong, imposing, and downright scary at times. Hasn’t DiCaprio ever heard of a cliché don’t f*** with nature? A friend of mine told me one time, when is complaining about something, “go over to Wind n’ Sea sit on a bench and look out at the ocean, look at it for a while, and you will realize how small your problems are.”
He’s right, the ocean is massive, it’s power is immeasurable. I grew up body surfing, where it’s just you and the wave. When you’re in Big Surf and it’s moving too fast paddle into or you got off late, sometimes you’ll get takin over the falls. The impact when you hit the water can knock the wind out of you, right before you go underneath the water. Underneath the water there’s a lot going on, but what you can’t do is the very thing all your instincts are telling you to do, fight to get up to the surface and get air. You can’t fight against the power of a massive wave, it can be physically impossible depending on the size. You have to relax and let the natural motion of the wave kick you out the back. It’s there you find out how little effect you have against Mother Nature.
Well, maybe the locals he talked to were playing a goof on him, but he should have looked into local weather patterns before making the very heartfelt claim that man-made Climate Change was the culprit for what he saw as abnormally warm winds. If you’re going to be the UN’s go to guy on climate change you don’t want a climate scientist to say this:
“Gwen O’Sullivan, an environmental science professor at Mount Royal University, said warm chinook winds are a common and natural occurrence for Calgary, and it’s not atypical for a foot of snow to disappear in just a day, the Canadian Press reported.”
And Sociologist Caroline’s Donald Harker also of the Mount Royal University said when you have that type of influence week in the social world, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are informed.
Leonardo DiCaprio is most likely apart of what Climate Scientist Judith A. Curry calls the Noble Cause Syndrome which is part of a larger group that needs to gain back the Public Trust. This group consists of political advocacy, groupthink and the aforementioned Noble Cause Syndrome, that has slowed down the scientific progress and corrupted the assessment process.
Recently DiCaprio has made some more questionable comments about China’s role on Climate change and coal-fired power plants.
Leonardo DiCaprio said China, one of the most polluted countries in the world and ruled by a communist government, has an opportunity to become the “hero of the environmental movement” for its concerted efforts to curb carbon emission output.
DiCaprio, coming off his big Oscar win, heaped praise on China while promoting his new movie The Revenant in Beijing Sunday.
“As we all know, the United States and China are the two biggest contributors, and I think that China has made radical movements forward as far as alternative energy and ways to be sustainable,” he said at a press conference.
China has the opportunity “to change the world and I have all the confidence in the world that that is their intention,” DiCaprio added.
Well, yes China has made strides in Renewables it’s just recently they’ve halted production on more Coal Fired power plants. The problem is what led to the halt was an unprecedented Constitution of the very coal-fired over plants China is now credited for cutting back on.
China added 39 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity in 2014 — 3 gigawatts more than it added in 2013. That is equivalent to three 1,000 megawatt units every four weeks. At the peak, from 2005 through 2011, China added about two 600-megawatt coal plants a week, for 7 straight years. And, China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt plant every 10 days for the next 10 years. These new coal plants that China is constructing are more efficient and cleaner than their old coal-fired plants.
China consumes more than 4 billion tons of coal each year, compared to less than 1 billion tons in the United States and 600 million tons in the European Union. China surpassed the United States to become the largest global carbon dioxide emitter in 2007, and it is on track to double annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2017. By 2040, China’s coal power fleet is expected to be 50 percent larger than it is today and these power plants typically operate for 40 years or more.
China’s dilemma is that it does not have much producible natural gas resources of its own. As a result, it had plans to build 50 coal-to-gas plants far from the cities and use the synthetic gas to power electric generating plants in the smog-filled cities thereby reducing air pollution. China currently operates two coal-to-natural-gas demonstration projects, with 48 other plants under construction or in the planning stage. When and if completed, those plants would produce 225 billion cubic meters of coal-fueled synthetic natural gas each year. However, China has now indicated that it will complete the construction of just 4 approved coal-to-natural-gas plants but will not approve new projects until 2020, keeping its coal-based synthetic natural gas production capacity to 15 billion cubic meters at the end of the decade. China has found challenges in the projects that have been completed due to both the large amount of water consumed and the environmental emissions from the plants, among other issues.
Despite China’s entry into renewable energy and the massive hydroelectric projects it has, the country generates 70 percent of its electricity from coal and will continue to use coal as its major generating fuel to supply electricity to its population and to manufacture its exports. In fact, China approved the construction of more than 100 million metric tons of new coal production capacity from 5 large scale coal mines in 2013 – six times more than a year earlier.
There’s also something new going on, “Climate Finance,” loans to Aid the construction of a 1000 new Hi-Tech coal-fired power plants in Asia.
Asian countries, frustrated at the Obama’s attempt to push climate orthodoxy on global banking institutions, were turning to China to finance their energy infrastructure. Research produced by the UK’s IEA Clean Coal Centre and obtained by The Australian, is significant as the hi-tech plants typically emit 20 to 25 per cent less carbon dioxide than existing power stations.
Commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia, it finds that an extra 1066 “high-efficiency, low-emission” coal plants are planned or under construction in 10 Asian nations to provide 672 gigawatts of capacity — more than 24 times that of Australia’s coal-fired fleet.
Japan has designated loans for coal plants in India, Indonesia and Bangladesh as climate finance.
So it would be impossible for China to be a hero, what has to happen is they have to atone for the astonishing numbers of coal-fired plants they’ve just built recently and the money they’re loaning to countries with much lower standards in clean air.
Well China isn’t going to issue any apologies, nor should they. Think about this:
The term “climate” is typically associated with annual world-wide average temperature records measured over at least three decades. Yet global warming observed less than two decades after many scientists had predicted a global cooling crisis prompted the United Nations to organize an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and to convene a continuing series of international conferences purportedly aimed at preventing an impending catastrophe. Virtually from the beginning, they had already attributed the “crisis” to human fossil-fuel carbon emissions.
Opening remarks offered by Maurice Strong, who organized the first U.N. Earth Climate Summit (1992) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, revealed the real goal: “We may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrialized civilization to collapse. Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?”
Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO), then representing the Clinton-Gore administration as U.S Undersecretary of State for global issues, addressing the same Rio Climate Summit audience, agreed: “We have got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” (Wirth now heads the UN Foundation which lobbies for hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to help underdeveloped countries fight climate change.)
Also speaking at the Rio conference, Deputy Assistant of State Richard Benedick, who then headed the policy divisions of the U.S. State Department said: “A global warming treaty “Kyoto” must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the enhanced greenhouse effect.”
In 1988, former Canadian Minister of the Environment Christine Stewart told editors and reporters of the Calgary Herald: “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
For who exactly? Then we have the Soviets chimming
in, always looking out for our best interest.
In 1996, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev emphasized the importance of using climate alarmism to advance socialist Marxist objectives: “The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.”
Finally there’s this:
China will talk a good game at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, but won’t make any binding commitments, concludes The Truth About China, an important new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. “China’s Communist Party has as its highest priority its own self-preservation, and that self-preservation depends overwhelmingly on its ability to continue raising the standard of living of its citizens,” states economist Patricia Adams, the study’s author and the executive director of Toronto-based Probe International, an organization that has worked closely with Chinese NGOs for decades. —Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2 December 2015
More than 2,400 coal-fired power stations are under construction or being planned around the world, a study has revealed two weeks after Britain pledged to stop burning coal.
The new plants will emit 6.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and undermine the efforts at the Paris climate conference to limit global warming to 2C. China is building 368 plants and planning a further 803, according to the study by four climate change research bodies, including Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. India is building 297 and planning 149. Rich countries are also planning new coal plants. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima has prompted Japan to turn back to coal, with 40 plants in the pipeline and five under construction. –Ben Webster, The Times, 2 December 2015
From the point of view of limiting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, coal’s dimmer future prospects don’t do much to clean up those smokestacks today. Despite all the advances in clean energy, efficiency, and market shifts in recent years, the world is pumping 10 times more carbon into the atmosphere every year than at the time of one of the worst climate cataclysms in the geologic record, about 66 million years ago.