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Leonardo DiCaprio on Climate Change: ‘My Footprint is Probably a Lot Bigger Than Most People's'

By Mark Judge | October 31, 2016 | 10:52am EDT

In "Before the Flood," a documentary about climate change that aired on October 30 on the National Geographic Channel, actor Leonardo DiCaprio expresses concern about his carbon "footprint" - the amount of fossil fuels he uses.

DiCaprio produced "Before the Flood" and is the star of the film. In one section, after interviewing Sunita Narain (seen in the clip below) of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, DiCaprio says the following:

The U.S. has been the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in history. And there’s no doubt that we’ve all benefitted from fossil fuels. I know I have. My footprint is probably a lot bigger than most people's. And there are times when I question, what is the right thing to do? What actions should we be taking? There are over a billion people out there without electricity and they want lights, they want heat, they want the lifestyle that we've had in the United States for the last hundred years. If we’re going to solve this problem we all have a responsibility to set an example. And more than that, help the developing world transition before it’s too late.

In a Forbes article from March 2016, journalist Robert Rapier claimed that DiCaprio has a huge carbon footprint: 

The problem is that DiCaprio himself is one of those "big polluters," which diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions. While DiCaprio has donated a lot of his time, money, and effort into raising awareness on the issue — as he did in his Oscar speech — he unnecessarily hands ammunition to his opponents with his own wasteful consumption. For years his critics have noted his extensive usage of private jets to travel around the globe for both business and pleasure. In 2014 he famously rented the world’s fifth largest yacht, owned by a UAE oil tycoon, to watch the World Cup in Brazil. In case you are wondering, neither the jets nor the yacht run on solar power.

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