In case you missed him, Leonardo DiCaprio, the guy who owns multiple homes, numerous cars and a private island that he’s developing into an eco-luxury resort—guess there aren’t enough luxury resorts in the world today—has been on break from acting. After shooting back-to-back movies, Leo was tired, but he also wanted time to delve into his other passion—saving the environment. According to Leo, “I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.” Really, you can’t make this stuff up. Well, Leo is back from jetting around the world to lecture us on carbon emissions. He’s now narrating a series on climate change, the first of which advocates the imposition of more carbon costs on American consumers. From a story in The Hill:
“If leaders won’t take action,” DiCaprio opines in the film, “then towns and states can.” The show references a carbon tax passed in Boulder, Colo., and other measures taken by California.
“If national governments won’t take action, your community can. We no longer need the dead economy of the fossil fuel industry,” DiCaprio says in the film.
To set the record straight, the oil and natural gas industry pays $200 billion in direct wages to U.S. employees and another $300 billion to workers in jobs that support the industry. Not to mention that the industry pays the federal government $85 million daily in taxes, leases and royalty fees. The nation is witnessing skyrocketing oil and gas production, industry employment numbers that are up 40 percent, and commitments for 100 factories in the next three years because of foreign direct investments. It’s no wonder that Investor’s Business Daily credits the boom with reducing the “GDP-robbing trade deficit” and for adding another $300 billion to the GDP by 2017. So a dead economy? Wonder what U.S. consumers think about that? Don’t know for sure, but here’s something we do know—the only thing larger than Leo’s ego is his carbon footprint.