Leo strikes again.
Leonardo DiCapro's latest statement in his global crusade against climate change caused quite a few chuckles from residents of Alberta, where Leo cast the glorious Chinook wind as evidence of “terrifying” climate change.
But seeing this latest outburst of idiocy from Leo was fairly unsurprising to me, as I have a personal story of a run in with him in the summer of 2014.
I was working for Alberta forestry that summer, and was sent to the community of Fort Chipewyan in the far Northeast corner of Alberta. Fort Chip, a tiny community of a few hundred individuals is located downstream of the oilsands development on Lake Athabasca. The only way to get there in the summer is by flying to the airport on the edge of town.
News stories about Fort Chip have claimed that the oilsands is polluting Lake Athabasca, poisoning the fish and by extension, the residents that eat the fish. (My experience fishing did not turn up any 3-eyed mutants).
Considering the tiny population of this community, air traffic at this airport is not exactly like London Heathrow. This is why I perked up when I saw a privately chartered Lear jet land at the airport one day. An oil exec maybe?
Word got out very fast that this was no oil exec, but the (in)famous Leo DiCaprio, savior of humanity. He was visiting Fort Chip to “investigate” the “devastation” caused by the oilsands first hand.
It must have seemed mighty convenient that this community’s airport could accommodate a jet as large as his, because if you’re going to save the world, you deserve the luxury.
As it turns out, Mr. DiCaprio didn’t accomplish much besides doing an ice bucket challenge, nominating Stephen Harper and promptly leaving the community. Now that’s an impact!
To many sane and logical observers, it may strike you as a tad hypocritical to fly your private Lear jet to a remote northern community, tell the locals that the oilsands and what they produce is evil and ruining their lives, blame Harper, then hop back on your plane and go back to Hollywood to continue your chic lifestyle.
This is the face of modern climate activism.
In Marc Morano’s new movie Climate Hustle, he calls Leo DiCaprio, Al Gore and all the other Hollywood jet setting “activists” the “Climate Monarchy”. This could not be more accurate.
DiCaprio sees himself not as a self-ingratiating hypocrite, but as the royalty fighting for a new world order.
When he showed up in Fort Chip that hot summer afternoon, his only purpose was to cause maximum political impact with minimal effort, and return to his champagne filled luxury.
This brings us to the Chinook misrepresentation.
DiCaprio is so oblivious to the reality of a basic weather event that he sees no issue with going on record and spouting an utter and absolute fallacy. To DiCaprio, his view is the correct view, and all others are either ignorant or shackled to the interests of big oil.
But that is how disconnected and unconcerned with reality he is. To Leo and the rest of Al Gore’s “climate monarchy”, facts don’t matter. Lies are truth and truth are lies. As long as you adhere to the proper dogma, all is well. Kinda sounds like the Ministry of Truth, eh?
People like DiCaprio are the very ones at the forefront of this climate agenda. But his comment about Chinooks is not the most concerning issue here. It is the reaction of the media. Some, like the Huffington Post Alberta, present his claim as truth. Others, like the National Post, cast him in a sort of “Silly Uncle Joe that says silly things” light. There is absolutely zero personal accountability for his comments.
But, considering the reliable streak of mendacity from the media party, should we be in any way surprised?
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