Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s “inflammatory rhetoric” on climate change, stating that he wasn’t helping the cause, especially in light of those who had lost their jobs in the oil industry.
The Hollywood A-lister remarked at the World Economic Forum Wednesday that corporate greed was causing climate change and “enough is enough,” The New York Post reported.
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” he told the gathering. “Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate.”
Trudeau took DiCaprio to task at the forum later in the day.
“I pointed out that both Alberta and Canada have new governments over the past year that are committed to action on climate change,” the liberal prime minister told reporters Friday. “And that there are families suffering, out of work, who need to be supported, and inflammatory rhetoric doesn’t necessarily help those families or help Canada.”
“He actually said if we took concrete action on climate change he would be the first to come up and celebrate with us,” Trudeau added.
It was also reported that DiCaprio flew to the forum, held in a Davos, Switzerland, in a private jet.
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