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Monday, November 28, 2016

Paging Dr. DiCaprio

It's pretty unbelievable that it's taken me more than two weeks to address climate change for the first time, but if it's not covered in the media much, then out of sight, out of mind.

Fortunately, Jay Michaelson at the Daily Beast has decided to change the focus of his column to cover climate change. His column today contains some interesting ways to protect the planet under a Trump administration:

That means climate activists need to talk with Trump. But who will he listen to?
Well, quite possibly another hugely famous person, like Leonardo DiCaprio, who has just released yet another excellent climate documentary that no one will watch.
Leo, it’s time for you to go to Washington (or Fifth Avenue, I guess). Many liberals will hate you for it, but put a safety pin on your lapel and get a meeting. Trump won’t listen to Bill McKibben, he won’t listen to the Union for Concerned Scientists, and he sure as hell won’t listen to me. But he might just listen to one of the highest-status celebrities of our time.
The thing is, climate change is detachable from most of Trump’s program. Fine, he’s committed to expanding fossil-fuel exploration. But this issue isn’t the core of his message; it’s an outlier. It’s easy to reframe investment in renewables as job-creation, as investing in infrastructure, as promoting innovation—because all of that is true. We’ve got to try.

I'm open to it. Read the rest here.