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Folks on the right are making fun of this statement by Leonardo DiCaprio:
“I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment,” added DiCaprio, in comments published in German.
Aha!, they say. All that flying will be bad for the environment! What a hypocrite!
I understand the hypocrisy charge, but hypocrisy is always a weak argument.
The real problem is that this is is the wrong line of attack because it actually concedes the enviro-orthodoxy premise that traveling by airplane is somehow ‘bad for the environment’. So now the observer sees a left that thinks airplane travel is suspect because it’s ‘bad for the environment’, and a right so eager to make fun of Leo that they’re inadvertently talking as if they also think airplane travel is ‘bad for the environment’. Given these debate parameters, I think all that remains is how much to limit/restrict/tax airplane travel ‘for the environment’.
The real grounds for making fun of DiCaprio’s statement are the extremely idiotic idea that any single thing Leonardo DiCaprio, movie-actor and post-shark-jump Growing Pains star, does, whether verbally or simply due to his magical presence in whatever locale, can or will ‘help the environment’.
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