Leonardo DiCaprio is telling President
Bush that he needs to be more "green" at the next Earth Summit. First of all, Leonardo DiCaprio is a whiny twenty-something actor who has absolutely no right to dictate policy to anyone, least of all the President of the United States.
Second, there’s something he says that’s telling of the true motivations of the environmental movement:
DiCaprio also complained that the Bush administration has opted out of the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate treaty with mandatory controls for industry "despite the fact that we are the biggest economy and the biggest polluter."
There’s the crux of the environmentalist movement right there: the US has a big economy, and therefore needs to shackle it so it doesn’t embarrass the rest of the world. That kind of view is not only motivated by jelousy and ignorance, but is harmful to the environment as well. The United States produces a hige fraction of the world’s goods, and leads the world in developing environmentally-friendly technology. Reducing our technological progress will mean that our development of new technologies will cease, leaving the rest of the world reliant on the same old pollution generating systems. In only a few years, developing countries like China and Brazil will overtake the US in pollution, while producing far less food and goods. Of course, that’s looking at the situation rationally, which is something that neither Mr. DiCaprio nor the rest of the radical environmentalists seem to be able to do.