Good guy Leo... After gifting us with numerous incredible and Oscar-worthy performances in cinema, raising funds for the homeless, hosting charity auctions for terrorist attack relief, and participating in a slew of other humanitarian initiatives, Leonardo DiCaprio keeps on boldly pushing his environmentalist agenda into the president-elect Donald Trump's face.
After gifting Trump's daughter Ivanka a copy of his climate change documentary earlier this week, on Wednesday, December 7th, DiCaprio sat down with Donald himself to discuss how green jobs can benefit United States economy.
Accompanied by Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the actor presented a "framework" that details how focusing on renewable, clean energy could create millions of jobs. In a statement to EcoWatch, Tamminen said:
"We presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework [...] that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure.
Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation."
According to Tamminen, the programs they proposed include energy efficiency upgrades, waste reduction projects, transportation projects that support global trade while reducing pollution, etc.
During the 90-minute rendezvous, Trump was also given a copy of DiCaprio's climate change film, Before the Flood. The Los Angeles Times reports that a person familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press that the president-elect promised to watch the film and proposed another meeting next month.
The meeting took place the same day after Trump chose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the head of Environmental Protection Agency. The decision was met with scrutiny due to Pruitt's prior anti-global warming and anti-climate change statements.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, Pruitt led legal fights against President Obama's environmental policies and is a strong ally of the oil and natural-gas industry. Environmentalists fear that given this new position, Pruitt will nix Obama's achievements.