Leonardo DiCaprio, quit being Chicken Little – the Sky is not falling.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar was truly a well deserved win.  DiCaprio’s speech, you could tell, was planned ahead of time.  He knew he had it.  Though I’ve not seen his film yet, I hear it’s great.

 But this part of his speech was too much:
Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
He reminds me of Chicken Little, the bird who ran around the neighborhood and disturbed everyone “with her foolish alarm.”
Before making a speech the world would hear, he should have double checked his facts.
“DiCaprio is right that global average temperatures have been rising in recent years, but, as an article in Nature Climate Change just last week acknowledged, temperature has been rising much less rapidly than projected by most computer climate models,” Reason Magazine reported. “If this lower rate were sustained, it would substantially undercut claims that the world faces an urgent and impending climate catastrophe.”
There’s a lot more wrong with his short remarks. Science News easily proves his statements wrong with a study done on 17th century hurricanes:
Using records of ships wrecked by Atlantic hurricanes dating as far back as the days of Christopher Columbus, researchers have extended the hurricane record by hundreds of years. The work reveals that hurricane frequency plummeted 75 percent between 1645 and 1715, a time called the Maunder Minimum when the sun dimmed to its lowest recorded brightness…

The number of hurricane-caused shipwrecks during the Maunder Minimum, which makes up a large portion of a period nicknamed the “Little Ice Age,” was less than a third the number of wrecks in the preceding decades. A hurricane slowdown during the solar dim period makes sense, Trouet says. Warm seawater fuels hurricanes. As temperatures dropped around the Maunder Minimum, less heat was available to power storms.

The finding doesn’t mean that global warming will increase hurricane frequency, says Gabriel Vecchi, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J. While both solar brightness and heat-trapping greenhouse gases cause warming, their effects on hurricanes “aren’t perfect analogs,” he says.

Think about that: the Maunder Minimum took place in the 17th century. There were no fossil fuels, no emissions,  no cars — yet, climate change occurred. Not to mention the Ice Age.  No matter when you believe that event to have happened, it’s obvious people and technology had no part in its occurrence. Also, his claims about how his production company couldn’t find snow is ludicrous.
As Reason magazine reported:
Producers used southern Argentina as a snowy location. Originally the filming was reportedly supposed to wrap by March, 2015, but did not finish up until August, 2015 when it just so happens to be winter in Argentina and summer in Canada. Citing warmer than average temperatures in western North America for one specfic year as dispositive evidence for global warming makes as much sense as citing colder than average temperatures in eastern North America in the same year as evidence for global cooling.
There are people 10 miles from Leo starving, stuck on entitlement. Twenty first century NAZIS to deal with and North Koreans playing with nukes. He needs to get his priorities straight. I would leave him alone, except that his rhetoric isn’t cheap.  Newsmax reports:

$22 billion of taxpayers’ money . . . the amount that our government pays to stop the “global warming” epidemic.

That comes out to $41,856 every minute.

Or, to put it in perspective, that is twice as much as what our government spends on securing our borders.

Watch DiCaprio’s full speech here, but remember – the sky is NOT falling.

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