Well-known environmental activist (and Oscar-winning actor) Leonardo DiCaprio wants to help “Make America Great Again” by boosting employment … in the “green jobs” sector.
According to Breitbart News, DiCaprio met with President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower in New York City recently to discuss what the new administration had in mind regarding the promotion of green energy – which would, of course, necessitate the creation of more jobs in the renewable energy industry.
In a statement released to The Associated Press, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Terry Tamminen, confirmed that his organization’s namesake had indeed met with the president-elect. He added that he and DiCaprio made a presentation to Trump, his daughter Ivanka and other members of Trump’s transition team about how focusing on creating renewable, clean energy would be an employment boon.
“Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisers with a framework – LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism – that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” said Tamminen.
He added that, according to the LDF’s assessment, “millions” of secure jobs would be created for Americans in the building and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy production sites.
DiCaprio is a strong advocate of fighting so-called “climate change” that he insists is being created by humankind’s modern existence. He is also interested in preserving wildlife.
A recent documentary he produced called Before the Flood addresses the alleged dangers that the world is facing due to so-called climate change/global warming.
Previously, DiCaprio met with Ivanka Trump and gave her a copy of the documentary, Breitbart News said.
Reports said that the meeting with Trump went on for about 90 minutes, with the Oscar-winning actor also giving the president-elect a copy of his film. Trump reportedly said he would watch it, according to a person familiar with the meeting who was not allowed to speak publicly.
Tamminen was the head of California’s Environmental Protection Agency under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He said that Trump was receptive, and that the president-elect suggested they meet again in January, presumably after he assumes office Jan. 20.
There are a number of takeaways from the meeting that bear mentioning.
First, it could just be that Trump was being presidential, so to speak, by allowing the meeting to take place. Trump has made no secret of his disbelief in the notion of human-caused climate change/global warming, having mocked it in the past. Plus, it’s hard to take the “movement” seriously when its cultist adherents fake warming data all the time.
Also, his nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, who also knows that the notion of human-caused global warming is a hoax that is being perpetuated by the Left strictly for political purposes, is proof of where Trump’s beliefs on the issue lie. Pruitt has even sued the EPA over its Obama-era job-killing regulations.
Trump’s willingness to listen to an environmental hack who has no special knowledge of such things – but who just happens to be a famous actor – may also stem from his desire to “Make America Great Again.” Seriously, a “yuuuuuuge” part of Trump accomplishing that objective is to grow the U.S. economy and restore American manufacturing and industry. It makes perfect sense for a businessman-president who wants to put Americans back to work in well-paying jobs to examine every opportunity to do so. It’s not that “green jobs” are bad. Up to this point it has been simply that green jobs are not plentiful because green power production is not efficient or economically viable; the technology just isn’t there yet.
Trump’s picks for his Cabinet and to lead key federal agencies have largely been aimed at reducing, not enhancing, the size, scope and power of an overly bureaucratic central government. He doesn’t appear to be wavering on campaign pledges to do so. But at the same time, like any good businessman, he won’t pass up on an opportunity to provide jobs and opportunities for Americans. If that means bolstering the green energy generation sector, he’ll be all for it.
But the sector will have to demonstrate its viability first. Not sure Leonardo DiCaprio is the one who can do it.