Politicians who deny climate change are unfit to serve, according to actor Leonardo DiCaprio. At a White House event Monday evening, he declared that politicians shouldn’t be allowed to hold office if they reject the “scientific consensus” that man-made changes to the environment will have catastrophic consequences.
“The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over,” the Academy Award-winning actor declared at the White House, Politico reported. “If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts, or in science or empirical truths and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office.”
Science is never fully settled, however, and while almost no one denies that global climate has changed over time, the theory of anthropogenic global warming does not enjoy such near-universal consensus. In recent years, Democrats have decided to target businesses and non-profit organizations, threatening to prosecute them under RICO, federal racketeering charges. Senate Democrats launched a “Web of Denial” inquisition to silence debate on the issue.
These are not the actions of a scientist confident in his understanding, but of a political movement itching to silence any disagreement.
DiCaprio will be releasing a new documentary on climate, Before the Flood, in late October. The actor said that most scientists he interviewed for the documentary favored a carbon tax, but acknowledged that such a policy “needs to come from the will of the people.”
President Obama, in his remarks, seemed to disagree. He declared himself “proud” of his administration’s efforts on climate change (which have been pushed through administrative agencies despite the failure of “Cap and Trade” in Congress in 2009). He defended the EPA’s rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants, but failed to mention the massive pollution caused by the agency in places like Colorado’s Animas River.
At the very least, Obama did not join many environmentalists in opposing hydraulic fracturing, the recent breakthrough which unleashed an oil and natural gas boom under his administration. He did acknowledge concerns about fracking, but defended the need for natural gas and nuclear power as part of the nation’s energy mix.
Both Obama and DiCaprio have repeated the liberal climate talking points which raise alarm about pollution and then present more government as the solution. This is why such alarmism cannot be questioned — the “climate chance consensus” is less about science than it is about power, and not the electric kind.
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