“Climate Change Deniers” beware! Leonardo DiCaprio believes you should not be allowed to hold public office. In his view, those who do not believe in manmade climate change are denying science and logic. Here are his words.
“The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over. 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.”
First off, he states that the consensus is in. This is a reference to the 97% of scientist that agree that climate change is manmade. This has already been debunked and is blatantly untrue. You can read about that here. The assertion that those who don’t believe climate change is manmade do not believe in science is also unfounded and downright insulting. Many renowned climatologists have come forward with evidence that links climate change to events that occur in a cycle of up to a thousand years and even show that the earth is cyclical in its warming and cooling. This is further evidenced by the fact that there has not been global warming since 1998. It seems Mr. DiCaprio is the one not believing in science, or is it just science that supports his ideology?
The liberals in Hollywood and Washington have been preaching about dangers of carbon emissions from fossil fuels and telling people to reduce their “carbon footprint” by driving electric cars and even not using air conditioning. These same liberals who tell us to reduce our standard of living still have multi-million dollar homes and travel on private jets instead of commercial airlines. To top it off, most of them still ride in gasoline powered vehicles (mostly limousines). Now, I have nothing against Mr. DiCaprio personally, I have never met him but I would encourage him to lead by example if he wants to be taken seriously by most of us. On the other hand, he earned his money and can do what he likes with it but I don’t want him telling me how to live my life. That is one of the benefits to being an American.
While I am not a climatologist, neither is Mr. DiCaprio nor Secretary Kerry for that matter, I do remember taking a meteorology class in high school and learning about what was then called global cooling. The theory at the time was that the Earth was entering a phase of cooling and there could possibly be a mini-ice age before the year 2000. Certainly, that never came to pass but the environmental movement was in the process of trying to scare people into believing that the ice age would be devastating to the world. During the 1990s is when they realized that there was not going to be an ice age so they started measuring the temperatures globally and soon, with the help of some cooked data, were able to start with Global Warming as a threat. This was heralded by Al Gore and others.
During this time, the environmental movement has pushed for laws to be passed that have more to do with controlling people than with the environment. They have made the incandescent lightbulb all but illegal. They have pushed tighter controls on trucks and cars to the point that 18-wheelers have to use Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce the amount of soot in the exhaust. Not every environmentalist is on board with the radical movement, but the radicals have made it virtually impossible for anyone to speak out. If someone does get off the reservation and even questions the “science” they are immediately shouted down as “heretics” and ostracized by their colleagues as not credible even if their data is proven to be accurate.
Fast forward to today. Many of the predictions that Al Gore made have not come to pass as well as leaked emails that have proven data on global temperatures was not accurate. Still the environmentalists continue to call for the prosecution of those who do not ascribe to their belief system. For the radicals in the environmental movement, to even suggest there is an alternative viewpoint or that data show a different conclusion is anti-science. The radicals would love nothing more than to silence opposition even if that meant imprisoning anyone with the “wrong” mindset. If they were allowed to get their way, I would be considered an enemy of the state for writing this. I could see how this line of thinking could lead to mass executions, similar to Nazi Germany. To them the debate is over and man has caused climate change and the only thing we can do is to end industry and return to life in the 19th century.
Finally, I do believe in conservation and pollution reduction to make the air cleaner and protect our water resources. I think we in the US have done more in the way of environmental responsibility than any nation on Earth. The folly with tying global climate to carbon dioxide is that humans actually contribute a minuscule amount into the atmosphere. In fact, volcanoes are a bigger contributor than humans. I think that any climate change that is taking place is natural. Although I don’t believe the theory of evolution, many evolutionary scientists believe that climate change is what initiated the changes in the species to begin with. They believe that if the environment stayed constant, there would have been no need to adapt and therefor, evolve but that is an argument for another time. Suffice to say, being environmentally conscience, recycling, conservation, and keeping your neighborhood clean can go a long way to making it a better place, but as far as climate change, we may just have to adapt if it comes to it.