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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio met with US President-elect Donald Trump to discuss climate change and how clean energy can boost the economy by creating millions of jobs, the actor’s founding said on Thursday to the media.
Terry Tamminen, chief executive of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, said in a statement that he and the Hollywood star presented the Republican tycoon, his daughter Ivanka and others of his advisers with a plan to drive a “great economic renaissance” through of investments in sustainable infrastructures that provides opportunities.
“Our conversation focused on how to create millions of safe American jobs in the construction and production of clean and renewable energy for commercial and residential activities,” added Tamminen to the reporters.
DiCaprio, a longtime environmentalist and prominent Democrat sympathizer, Hillary Clinton, recently directed the documentary on climate change “Before the Flood,” and addressed the issue in his Oscar acceptance speech last February surprisingly.
The actor allegedly gave the president-elect the 90-minute documentary during the meeting they held at Trump Tower in New York. He had given a copy to his daughter Ivanka to share with staff.
Trump announced Thursday that he has chosen as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has been criticized for being a climate change skeptic and supporting fossil fuels in detriment of the environment.
His critics say Pruitt has spent much of his time in his post fighting the same agency whose head has now been designated. Pruitt’s official biography highlights his role as “one of the main opponents of EPA’s activist agenda,” and says he sued the organization on behalf of Oklahoma.
Before his surprise victory in the Nov. 8 election, Trump promised that he would try to dismantle national regulations designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which in his view put US companies at a disadvantage against China in the manufacturing and fuels production.
Trump has said that climate change is a “hoax” and pledged to lift the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, to the global climate treaty signed in 2015 by 192 nations, an agreement to which some are skeptical.
According to Tamminen, Trump wants to hold a follow-up meeting with DiCaprio in January. After Trump be named officially President, would be the case?