Fairly easy global warming prediction: Late-night comics will take at least some shots tonight at yesterday’s meeting between green-minded Leonardo DiCaprio and climate-skeptic Donald Trump to discuss environmentally clean jobs.
On the same day Trump picked climate change denier and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, he met at Trump Tower with environmental activist DiCaprio. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, said in a statement that Team DiCaprio presented Trump and 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,” the statement continued. “American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”
Earlier in the week, Trump’s daughter Ivanka met with former Vice President Al Gore, giving hope to Americans looking to be optimistic about whether the next president is evolving his thoughts beyond “global warming is a Chinese hoax.”
And then he picked Pruitt.
Certainly can’t blame DiCaprio for trying though, and he even scored a potential sequel. Tamminen said Trump “expressed his desire for a follow up meeting in January, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time.”
DiCaprio reportedly handed Ivanka a copy of his recent National Geographic Channel documentary Before the Flood, as good a primer as anything outside, say, An Inconvenient Truth.
Still, the Twitter equivalent of raised eyebrows were inevitable, and late-night hasn’t even started yet.