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[10/6/16]  “The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over. If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or in science or empirical truths and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office,” proclaimed Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio this past week in an event on the White House lawn.

His remarks came during an all-day event — “a festival of ideas, arts, and action” — where President Obama hosted several liberal panel discussions, including one on “climate change.”

After DiCaprio finished his remarks, the liberal crowd was treated to a climate documentary, Before the Flood. The showing was its U.S. premiere, but the film will air just eight days before the presidential election, on October 30, on the National Geographic Channel. Those on the Left who decry the anti-Hillary film Citizen’s United are strangely silent when it comes to the National Geographic Channel attempting to influence an election’s outcome.

DiCaprio acknowledged that the timing of the film’s release was designed to influence the 2016 presidential election, arguing that it is urgent that action be taken immediately to avert the coming global catastrophe that he is predicting as a result of what he insists is man-made global warming.

Before the showing of the movie, DiCaprio “moderated” a panel discussion advancing his view that the climate is changing, all because of human activity. The panel featured atmospheric scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe and Obama himself, both discussing the supposed urgency of certain government regulations to avert the disastrous effects of climate change. They spoke of alternative energy, taxation on carbon, and the need for more restrictions on fossil fuels. No other viewpoints were voiced, and all participants agreed that climate change will lead to “extreme weather.”

DiCaprio’s movie was three years in the making, and he related that in the course of the project he traveled with director Fisher Stevens to “China, to India, to Greenland, to the Arctic, Indonesia to Micronesia to learn more about the effects of climate change on our planet and highlight the message from the scientific community and leaders worldwide on the urgency of the issue.”

He added, “The film was developed to show the devastating effects climate change is having on our planet and more importantly what can be done.”

Americans who believe in free enterprise and limited government, and who were not allowed at the White House event, should fear “what can be done,” because the actions the participants favor will no doubt lead to reduced freedom for the average American, and dire economic consequences. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have essentially called for the destruction of the American coal industry in their plan to combat alleged global warming. In contrast, Donald Trump has dismissed the man-made climate change theory as a hoax.

Unfortunately, DiCaprio did not take any questions from anyone challenging his viewpoint. If he had, a logical one would have been about his trip to Greenland “to learn more about the effects of climate change on our planet.” An informed reporter (perhaps an oxymoron in many cases) could have asked DiCaprio if he was aware that during the Medieval Warm Period the Vikings were farming where there are now sheets of ice. Since it is unlikely the Scandinavians in medieval Greenland were not burning coal or driving around SUVs, just what caused this warming period? For that matter, what caused Greenland to cool off so much? And with all this “global warming,” supposedly due to the Industrial Revolution, why aren’t the ice sheets in Greenland melting?