Leo & Clinton: Two Private Jet Hypocrites
When Leonardo DiCaprio is not taking private jets to accept environmental awards, he sometimes fundraises for liberal Democrats. In that spirit, later this month DiCaprio will host a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his mansion. For the low price of $33,400, you might even get to see his Oscar.
Seriously though, DiCaprio hosting a Clinton fundraiser makes perfect sense. Both have shown hostility to the people working in the coal industry. Clinton infamously showed her lack of respect when she said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
Similarly, DiCaprio has made it his mission to put the hardworking Americans working in the coal industry out of work. He is a trustee of the NRDC, the group behind President Obama’s coal plant killing Clean Power Plan. DiCaprio would also like to permanently end the fossil fuel industry:
“He wants us to move off fossil fuels entirely and wonders where we would be if we had spent billions on finding renewable energy sources rather than on the Iraq War.”
Like Clinton, DiCaprio wants to play by a different set of rules than he prescribes for average people. In one recent year alone, DiCaprio took “at least 20 trips across the nation and around the world,” dwarfing the carbon output of an average American:
“Even if he flew on a commercial jet for all of flights, his carbon footprint so far in 2014 would be a minimum of 40million metric tons of CO2 spewed into the atmosphere, more than twice the average American output for an entire year… Carbon emissions for private jets vary, but by some accounts are more than 37 times higher than flying commercial.”
Like DiCaprio, Clinton is a fan of private jets too, while also being no stranger to taking private jets to environmentalist events. Hopefully, Clinton and DiCaprio will have time to compare notes on their favorite models.