Will DiCaprio’s New Global Warming Movie Show Adverse Economic Impact of Emissions Caps on America’s Families?


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, a self-anointed Hollywood eco-warrior, recently announced he is producing a documentary on global warming titled, “11th Hour.” DiCaprio’s global warming alarmist credentials are indisputable as shown by placing former United Nations Weapons Inspector Hans Blix’s quote on his website: “To me the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war. I’m more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict.” DiCaprio himself said in a recent statement, “Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity.” Undoubtedly however, as a spokesperson for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, DiCaprio knows his statements run contrary to the very group he speaks for.


Fact: The ministerial declaration from the 2002 UN Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg found that eradicating poverty—not global warming—was the world’s most serious environmental challenge, particularly for developing countries. “We recognize,” the UN declared, “the reality that global society has the means and is endowed with the resources to address the challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development confronting all humanity.” Conferees even gave a green light to “efficient, affordable, and cost-effective energy technologies, including fossil fuel technologies.” The 2004 Copenhagen Consensus, an organization created to improve the “prioritization of the numerous problems the world faces,” placed climate change at the bottom of its list of challenges, preceded by malnutrition, disease, water and sanitation, and several other issues. The group even listed the Kyoto Protocol and proposed carbon taxes among “bad projects.”


DiCaprio’s movie seems even further at odds with the UN statement considering comments made by co-producer Lelia Conners Peterson with Tree Media: “Global warming is one of the things the movie is about, but it’s also about the human footprint on the planet in general and how we’ve arrived to where we are.” The movie, she said, will “show people how the basic acts of feeding ourselves, clothing ourselves and moving ourselves is causing the planet harm.”


It is highly unlikely that DiCaprio’s movie will feature the heavy financial burden from greenhouse gas caps that would be felt by low- and fixed income families here in the United States. But then again, how would he know about or understand their challenges? After all, on Earth Day 2000, according to a 4/24/2000 American Investigator news release, “Earth Day Chair Leonardo DiCaprio arrived in a stretch limousine with his entourage, while Vice President Al Gore, who once again called for an end to the internal combustion engine, boarded his oversized dark green Chevy Suburban, upon exiting with a fleet of SUVs.”


Tom Mullen, president of Cleveland Catholic Charities, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the dramatic increases in energy prices resulting from legislation to cap carbon dioxide emissions would severely impact low-income families, especially poor children “as their moms are forced to make choices of whether to pay the rent or live in a shelter; pay the heating bill or see their child freeze; buy food or risk the availability of a hunger center.”