Friday, July 20, 2018
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Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Trump to discuss environmentally friendly job creation

Add actor Leonardo DiCaprio to the list of people who've come to Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. The subject: green jobs.

The Oscar winner, who's known for his environmental advocacy as well as his support of Hillary Clinton, connected with the next commander in chief on Wednesday in New York City, the chief executive of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation confirmed to the Associated Press.

"(W)e 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," Terry Tamminen said 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," continued Tamminen, who was California's Environmental Protection Agency secretary in the early 2000s under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The message of jobs aligns well with Trump's stated agenda. The green part? Based on Trump's selection Wednesday of climate change skeptic and oil industry ally Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, some folks would say not so much.

But the campaign's stated intentions have included implementing an "energy revolution" that also takes steps to "conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources."

That and opening up energy-related onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands. The DiCaprio Foundation has called for offshore and deep-water drilling to be "banned everywhere."

According to the AP, the meeting ran 90 minutes, during which DiCaprio gave Trump a copy of the documentary Before the Flood, in which the actor visits environmental hot spots worldwide. DiCaprio had previously met with the president-elect's daughter, Ivanka Trump, who attended Wednesday's meeting as well, and given her a copy of the film, the New York Times reported Monday.

"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," Tamminen said.

A person familiar with the meeting but not authorized to speak on the record told the AP that the president-elect promised he would watch the film and suggested meeting again next month.

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