Secretary of State John Kerry is convinced actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about climate change will transform Republicans into climate change warriors.
DiCaprio’s global warming-themed documentary, “Before The Flood,” will almost certainly persuade climate change skeptics in Congress to soften their hearts on the environment, Kerry told a United Nations panel Thursday night.
The documentary shows the Oscar winner jet-setting around the world, watching glaciers from helicopters, and convening with President Barack Obama and electric vehicle automaker Elon Musk, who sees himself as an anti-oil crusader.
“As a 28-year veteran of the Senate who knows Jim Inhofe well and many of the other people depicted in the film, maybe Nov. 8 will produce a capacity for the entire Republican caucus to go to the Goddard Space Center, NASA, see that map and to see this film,” Kerry said, referring to Republican Sen. Jim Inhoffe of Oklahoma.
“It should be required for every single one of them,” he added.
DiCaprio, who attended the panel in New York alongside Kerry, mirrored the former Massachusetts senator’s sentiments, telling those in attendance that he was “incredibly moved” by the climate scientists in the film.
“If anyone at this point wants to deny climate change, all they have to do is see that five minutes of you exploring the science so clearly,” DiCaprio said to Piers Sellers, deputy director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA.
DiCaprio’s attendance on the panel comes after an environmental group urged the actor earlier this month to step down from his climate change position with the UN or renounce connections to a fund that allegedly embezzled millions to gain favor with the White House.
Environmental reports show that the fund, Malaysia 1MDB, paid off the chief minister of Sawarak, the Malaysian state on the vast island of Borneo. Abdul Taib Mahmud governed Sawarak for 30 years, during which he oversaw deforestation on a grand scale.
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