Leonardo DiCaprio Flies To Accept Environmental Award in Private Jet. Yes Really...
Have you ever noticed that with increased celebrity comes insufferable hypocrisy(see Angelina Jolie and Clooney: Massive Hypocrites When it Comes to Refugees… and Proud Feminist Amy Schumer: ‘Don’t Call me Plus-Sized!’ Let’s Count the Ironies…)? One of my favorite examples is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio.
Leo wants to end fossil fuels, reverse global warming, and save the environment so badly... he'll fly out on his private jet to tell you about it. No word yet as to whether it runs on solar. No really, he literally flew to accept an award from an environmental-impact group... on his private jet.
All that flying around has made quite an impact. It’s hard to label yourself as an environmental advocate when your mode of transport is emitting more fuel with every take off. According to the New York Post, all of these flights have “expanded [Leo’s] carbon footprint by 8,000 miles.”
“Climate change is real,” Leo said during his Oscar acceptance speech. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”
According to the Post, environmental analyst Robert Rapier told them that Leo’s “history of private jets and yachts ‘diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions’.”
Sounds about right.
“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow,” Rapier continued. “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.”
And this is why people call him a self righteous, hypocritical, energy guzzling jackass. A rich celebrity flew out to accept an award for his "contributions to the environment" in a private jet. At first glance, the comedy writes itself. Then you realize just how much pull this turd-nugget has, and the policies he's pushing.
Leo Dicaprio is part of an elite Hollywood club. It includes the likes of James Cameron, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Ted Turner and yes, even Mr. Foot-tickler himself, Al Gore. Privileged with staggering wealth unimaginable to the masses, all of these people could live off the grid, reducing their carbon emissions to nearly zero, erecting solar panels in place of electric fences at one of their dozens of multi-million dollar estates. Or windmills. Or fart-driven generators. They have the money. They can do anything.
Instead, they take part in an industry that still prints Blue-rays like they're going out of style (they are), markets billions of dollars in plastic, children's merchandise and travel across the world on private planes in lavish accommodations. All created courtesy of energy and petroleum products. Nothing wrong with that. I'm a Constitutionalist. If people want to live it up, why should I care?
Well, I'll tell you why. When these same people advocate communist China's "one child" policy (yes, really, Ted Turner advocated that at the Cancun Climate Summit), or berate me for my family-friendly crossover... it starts rubbing me the wrong way. Listen, I get it. Everyone is a hypocrite to some degree. Yours truly included. The main issue here is that people like Leonardo DiCaprio are seeking policies that destroy lives, while they get to live high on theirs.
Go nuts on your yacht and private jet! I really don't care. Just don't turn around and try to confiscate my minivan. Fair?
Also, as inconvenient as these "environmentally friendly" policies may be for us, they actually prove deadly for those in third world countries, where energy is precious. Learn more below.