Leonardo DiCaprio met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, just hours after climate denier and fossil fuels champion Scott Pruitt was named to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following Trump’s inauguration. The actor and activist met with the future US leader in New York at Trump Tower, where they discussed the economic benefits of renewable energy investments, including the fact that it would add millions of jobs—one of Trump’s key campaign promises. Trump’s daughter Ivanka also joined the meeting, making this her second sit-down with “The Wolf of Wall Street” star since he gifted her a copy of his climate change documentary “Before the Flood” just a few days ago.
Reportedly, the meeting involved a presentation outlining how a strong focus on clean, renewable energy could lead to the creation of millions of jobs for Americans. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), told the Associated Press the meeting targeted Trump’s economic hopes, and attempted to demonstrate how clean energy can be a path to stability for the US. “Today, we presented the president-elect and his advisers with a framework – which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism – that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” said Tamminen in a statement. “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.”
Given the president-elect’s track record of dismissing climate change as “a hoax by the Chinese,” there is a lot of speculation around what environmental science will look like under the Trump administration. (China did later correct his false claim.) Additionally, Trump’s earlier pick to lead his EPA transition team, Myron Ebell, was also a staunch climate denier with ties to fossil fuel-friendly organizations. More recently, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump softened his stance, saying humans have “some connectivity” with the causes of climate change, but nobody inside or outside his administration believes that admission will drastically change his efforts to dismantle the EPA and limit the study of climate science.
Via The Guardian