Robert De Niro: USA is suffering “Temporary Insanity” on Climate

Actor Robert De Niro

Actor Robert De Niro. By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Willie Soon; Actor Robert De Niro speaking at the Dubai World Government Summit stated “We don’t like to say we are a ‘backward’ country”, and accused the USA of suffering “temporary insanity” on climate change.

De Niro: US suffering from ‘temporary insanity’ on climate change

BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 02/11/18 12:15 PM EST

Actor Robert De Niro said the U.S. was suffering from “temporary insanity” on climate change, adding the country would eventually be cured when it votes out its “dangerous leader.”

He cited comments from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt that cast doubt on whether global warming is harmful to humans.

“I am talking about my own country, the United States of America. We don’t like to say we are a ‘backward’ country so let’s just say we’re suffering from a case of temporary insanity,” he said at Dubai’s World Government Summit.He added that the U.S. would “eventually cure itself by voting our dangerous leader” out of the White House, meaning President Trump.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/373337-de-niro-backward-us-suffering-from-temporary-insanity-on

The Dubai World Government Summit is described on its webpage as … an international knowledge exchange platform at the intersection of government, futurism, technology and innovation. Each year, government officials, policy-makers, thought leaders, and private sector trailblazers come together to explore the future of government in the coming decades led by the advancements of mankind. …

De Niro’s apparent contempt for the USA is maybe something to think about next time you are considering paying your hard-earned to see a Robert De Niro movie. The star actor seems to think the USA is “backward”.

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228 thoughts on “Robert De Niro: USA is suffering “Temporary Insanity” on Climate

      • But he is 100% correct in his appraisal of current “Vocal” societal beliefs. 97% of 77 Climate Scientists and the devout followers of those Climate Model Shamen are clearly deluded and “Suffering Temporary Insanity” from their obvious Zealotry regarding the never stable, ever changing climate.

      • You should be proud that America has so many celebrities that apparently know so much about the climate.

        No doubt you are eager to hear their considered views on other scientific subjects they are also expert on?

        tonyb

      • Bryan A
        77 replied off 79 to the survey which could be 3% of Climate Scientists? Which leaves 97% off Climate Scientists they dare not ask if you read between the lines!!!

      • If there was a market for these pontificates, would love buy the lot of them them for what they’re worth and sell them for what they think they’re worth.

      • He’s probably paid enviro-money by hypocrite Tom Styer– another moron. Sorry for the double insult but it fits.

      • In case you don’t already know, check out the etymology of the word hypocrite, ie, actor

        1175-1225; Middle English ipocrite < Old French < Late Latin hypocrita < Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who pretends to be what he is not

      • Acting is essentially trained sociopathy.

        Helps explain why so many big-name actors, despite all the money and status, keep their off-camera lives in a perpetual mess.

      • And here was me thinking it was a composite of hypo, meaning under or lacking, and critical, meaning questioning or examining.
        Something to do with acting – I didn’t ever think that.

      • @gnome. Etymology online has it as coming from Greek for actor. That comes from hypo for under and krinein – to sieve or discern which is where critic comes from. The use of it for actor seems to come from the actor usually answering a question of another.

      • Merriam-Webster’s explanation

        The word hypocrite ultimately came into English from the Greek word hypokrites, which means “an actor” or “a stage player.” The Greek word itself is a compound noun: it’s made up of two Greek words that literally translate as “an interpreter from underneath.” That bizarre compound makes more sense when you know that the actors in ancient Greek theater wore large masks to mark which character they were playing, and so they interpreted the story from underneath their masks.

        The Greek word took on an extended meaning to refer to any person who was wearing a figurative mask and pretending to be someone or something they were not. This sense was taken into medieval French and then into English, where it showed up with its earlier spelling, ypocrite, in 13th-century religious texts to refer to someone who pretends to be morally good or pious in order to deceive others. (Hypocrite gained its initial h- by the 16th century.)

        https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/hypocrite-meaning-origin

      • Leonardo dropped out of high school but eventually earned a GED. De Niro is just a high school drop out, so he is especially qualified to take up the AGW cause and lecture the rest of us.

      • I started watching his “Before the flood” doco on Netflix over the w/e just for a look see. I could not get past the first few minutes.

    • I notice these very well paid actors never appear to get upset or show any sympathy for the increasing number of consumers suffering from energy poverty. Although perhaps the real blame for their misguided view should be placed toward the alarmist ‘scientists’ who fill their heads with nonsense and hype the outrage.
      Robert De Niro’s next speaking event on an actor’s highly regarded view of quantum physics is widely anticipated.

      • A couple of million per movie.
        I can’t wait for the day when computer graphics and sound can make actors unnecessary.

    • It is a very strange idea that we should pay heed to what actors, writers, artists etc. think about any specific topic in society. They are no experts, they only float on fame. They just want to utter the correct noies at any one time. It’s like finding the magnetic pole with a weather vane.

    • “Who cares what an actor thinks or says?”

      106 in 4 hours and counting… We all do apparently.
      The evil genius of Eric on display.

    • He’s also a high school dropout … at the age of 16.

      Why should anybody care about his opinion on a complex scientific issue that even the ‘experts’ can’t agree on?

    • Perhaps, we could get the noted climate scientist and sometime actor, Mr De Niro to write a piece to be posted here at WUWT.

    • “Who cares what an actor thinks or says?”
      Well it seems someone here did….. enough to write an article.

    • “Who cares what an actor thinks or says?”
      Well it seems someone here did… enough to write an article.

    • The fact that they have trotted out an old has-been actor with no scientific qualifications worth mentioning in a vain attempt to bring some sort of global attention to their silly summit tells me everything.

    • What’s the problem? DeNiro memorized his lines and spoke them correctly with the required intonation. Granted, he was a lot better as the young Don Corleone but good parts are hard to come by at his age. It’ll still help him get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy.

    • ‘AGW’ discussed at Dubai’s WORLD GOVERNMENT Summit.

      Bingo! That’s what most of the ‘global warming’ nonsense is all about.

    • What is it with Hollywood celebrities? All of a sudden they are all qualified Climate scientists. Let’s hear from the plumbers and Chefs. I know a few Landscape artists who are not pleased with all the Turbines spoiling their lively hood.

    • Especially an actor who dropped out of High School, joined an Italian street gang, and never went to any University of any type. He has played Italian thugs with personal experience in the matter. His comments are another manifestation of the Thurman Munson Syndrome.

      • I thought the AGW position was that anyone who didn’t have a degree in “climate science”, (whatever the heck that is), should sit down and shut up?

        I guess that only applies to scientists in other fields that don’t agree with you.
        When it comes to high school dropouts that support your position, that’s another matter.

    • When I my brother in law started quoting De Nero in making derogatory comments about Trump over Christmas I quietly asked him why he thought an actor, someone who makes a living speaking the lines someone else has written, would have any greater knowledge or authority than someone, anyone with a differing view of the world and of Trump in particular. I.e., why he would consider the opinion of De Nero of great value or worth agreeing with. He spluttered and umm’d and arr’d for a bit, then said that De Nero had been the first restaurant owner to provide free food to the rescuers in NY when the Twin Towers were destroyed. Once again, he was unable to explain why this made De Nero an authority on the value or otherwise of Trump as POTUS. Such is the (lack of) thought process and logic of someone I had previously considered reasonably intelligent. Ho hum.

  1. Better to be thought ignorant and remain silent than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt! Or something like that

    • Most war movies made by Hollywood in the last 30 years or so have been flops.
      Yet they continue to make movies that portray US soldiers as the ultimate in bad guys.

  2. The prophecy of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming… Climate Change.

    There is only one viable response: go Plan yourself.

  3. The problem here is why would an actor be asked to contribute to this event. He has none of the skills that are described. It is pure politics and a sad commentary on the event.

    I imagine DeNiro gets all of his news from leftist media sources. He is simply repeating what he thinks is true. He is obviously not smart enough to know he is being brainwashed.

    • Richard M

      He’s a wealthy celebrity. Of course he’s a socialist. But don’t dare try to share out his money.

    • P Walker

      I find it incomprehensible that a POTUS who states ‘America First’ and sets about achieving that objective, is vilified by so many Americans.

      Good luck USA, I think you have a great President.

      From across the pond.

      • Most of those who do the villifying have either been vocal about how embarrassed they are to be Americans, or are upset because Trump is threatening to cut off the flow of OPM. (Other People’s Money)

        BTW, for those who are truly embarrassed to be Americans, the law provides a way to renounce your citizenship. Yet for some reasons, these paragons of public virtue never manage to put act on their declarations.

      • MarkW

        At this moment in time, I would be proud to be American.

        I wish we had a British PM who said Britain First.

      • Yes, and Clinton and Sanders wants to just spread “justice, peace and equality”. Just like the communists. Every single politician says nice empty words, they wouldn’t be politicians otherwise. Talk is cheap. Anyone can claim anything. “America first!” “Yes, we can” What does those even mean? We should judge people based on their deeds, and not what their say. Though I suspect you already know this. Otherwise you would probably be a democrat.

        Personally I don’t give a [pruned] what politicians say anymore. I like what Trump has done in energy, but dislike all the [pruned] protectionism he is preaching about. And I hate that political discussion is so polarized and black and white these days. Trump is either evil or saint, depending who you ask. Just like Obama, only reversed.

      • Fredar:

        “And I hate that political discussion is so polarized and black and white these days.”

        Interesting you should mention “black and white” within the context of how much you choose to “hate” it. Isn’t hating something pretty much taking the hardest position to one side that one is able to take?

        “Every single politician says nice empty words, they wouldn’t be politicians otherwise.”

        “Every single”? That seems pretty black and white to me?

        “We should judge people based on their deeds, and not what their say.”

        This statement appears fairly definitive…

        “Personally I don’t give a shit what politicians say anymore.”

        Now this is certainly a declaration that leaves no middle ground!

        “I like what Trump has done in energy, but dislike all the shitty protectionism he is preaching about.”

        There’s no mistaking your position on this issue either?

        Are you sure you’re such a hater of the concept of “black and white”…you seem to embrace it fully! And if you think about it, doesn’t doing exactly that, i.e., embracing it, just make common sense?

        :-)

  4. And he continues to question vaccines when we currently have a measles epidemic in many countries. Plain stupidity.

    • not when then measles vax doesnt work cos the gen modified variant they used isnt the same as “wild” one was and the wild one seems to have mutated somewhat.
      all of us who had measles as kids and had what should have been lifelong immunity naturally…are now at risk of catching the vaccine variant ourselves;-(

  5. Actors, sports figures, “reality stars”, or anyone famous for the their social contribution to society (and nothing more) are the chosen spokespeople for the Climate Change meme because 1. They are easily manipulated to the latest cause by slathering them with superlatives about their impact on people. 2. They exist in elite bubbles and think it will shower them with redeeming substance 3. There’s a segment of society that looks up to them (for the wrong reasons). Look at the line of actors that to this day believe Obama is the best President ever despite his dismal records in all facets of government and society.

  6. Since so many artists are liberal (seems to come with the territory) I try very hard to ignore ignorance else I’ll be limited to James Wood and Pat Boone. So it’s hard to get on my “No Go” list.

    De Niro has made it easily.

  7. “…he said at Dubai’s World Government Summit.”

    I’m guessing there’s probably quite a few Americans who can’t recall Robert de Niro being on the ballot paper when they last voted for people who get to be the government of the United States.

  8. Like dead people are dead and don’t know that they’re dead but their plight can be very unfortunate for the living. Stupid people don’t know they’re stupid but can be very annoying to everyone else.

  9. Synonyms are antonyms in the New “Progressive” Barbarians dictionary. This presents itself most commonly in the form of their accusing opponents with heinous crimes, sculduggery and mental illnesses that they are best identified with. De Niro can act, and that is a valued skill in fantasy “reality”.

  10. I have a message for Dr. De Niro. The insanity is the mass delusion created by a consensus among scientists about a non-existent problem. The great unwashed masses humbly follow along, lead by public figures like De Niro and De Caprio who wouldn’t recognize a scientific debate if they tripped over it. You specialized in acting. Stick to your craft. You know nothing about this complex subject and are just virtue signaling while you jet about the planet generating tons of the gas you and your likes demonize. If you truly believe your country is backward in its stance on the climate, go live elsewhere (France is taking in conscientious objectors), stop using fossil fuels and show us the way.

    • Trebla hits it right on the money.
      Even an actor can get it right for entirely the wrong reasoning.
      This wave of Mass Hysteria will pass, so some countries are temporarily insane.
      Shame he has it backwards.
      But what else can we expect from another “authority on climate” from Hollywood.

  11. DeNiro has long been an open NWO (New World Order) person and a proponent of their agenda’s… Hollywood appears to be nothing more than depository for this kind of dung.. Why anyone would listen to these people is beyond me.. ‘I am not a scientist, but I play one on TV.’ Makes you wonder who is really writing his script..

  12. “government officials, policy-makers, thought leaders, and private sector trailblazers.” Was DeNiro trespassing? It’s a long way to swim.

  13. DeNiro is a prime example of how an actor is only as good as the story. I was impressed by the fact that he gained all that weight to play older Jake La Motta and then learn how to be a real boxer in Raging Bull, a brilliant film. But he was out-acted by Joe Pesci and as recent films show he is only as good as the writers. If he is writing his own political speeches he is a fool, if he is letting the pseudo intellectuals do the writing for him he is an idiot.

    • I’m not an American citizen, but I follow your politics with close interest. It seems to me that a man like DeNiro, shouting his mouth off on a world stage against his own President and country, and then producing a video to express his deep hatred of the President of his country is quite abominable. Has this man never heard of the word ‘democracy’ ? Does he not realise that Mr Trump was elected to office by a majority of the American people within the American constitution? This man is clearly rude and ignorant in the extreme, and every endeavour should be made to publicise his anti-American stance more widely across the US. Yes you can speak against a president who you might not have voted for, many people do, but to talk about wanting to ‘punch the president in the face’, or that ‘the country is going through a state of insanity etc., makes me wonder whether he is or ever was proud of being a member of such a great nation. He will undoubtedly live to regret his outrageous statements when America in a few years time will again be doing what it does best and lead the world in both economic growth and to a wider peace across the world as I believe it surely will. It was never going to happen under more recent presidents.

      • George:

        “He will undoubtedly live to regret his outrageous statements when America in a few years time will again be doing what it does best and lead the world in both economic growth and to a wider peace across the world as I believe it surely will.”

        You presuppose these and their ilk are capable of rational thought when it comes to Trump. Anything’s possible, i.e., it’s a 1 in 2 chance either way, but I would bet that no, individuals like De Niro and their kind will never live to regret the irrational hate they’re experiencing with Donald Trump.

        It won’t matter that the Great States may indeed become great again. It won’t matter that the people of the Great States have been made better off because of the policies of Donald Trump, if they have. And I’m thinking we will. It won’t matter if the world is better off because of the policies of Donald Trump, if such has been the case. And there’s a 1 in 2 chance they will.

        Rather, the hatred of the man will subsume the likes of De Niro and those like him into oblivion, regardless of his success or the success of the rest of us because of his policies.

        Consider the following:

        Students Hate Quotes from Trump’s State of the Union, Until Realizing They Are Obama’s
        http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/03/students-hate-quotes-from-trumps-state-of-the-union-until-realizing-they-are-obamas/

        This is the general state of the modern Progressive mindset. Foolishness and irrationality. Not all, of course, e.g., Alan Dershowitz has kept his head about him for the most part…but certainly a greater number of them than not.

        And I suppose Dershowitz is more of a classic Liberal than he is a modern Progressive.

      • Leftists only believe in democracy when the proles vote as the leftsts want.
        Otherwise it’s a failure of democrcy that the courts need to fix.

      • sy computing, in another recent article students loved Trump’s tax plan when they were told that it was Obama’s plan.

    • I’d like to shake President Trump’s hand, he seems to represent me, and people around the world like me, instead of the rich and famous.

      From across the pond.

  14. Climate cuckaloos like De Knownothing have it backwards; we suffered from temporary insanity under Obozo, and now, thanks to Trump, we are headed back towards sanity. His hatred of Trump, and of our country are noted, however.

    • As the old saying (several decades old, anyway) goes, “Ain’t technology wonderful.” Just think. If we didn’t have internet technology, would any of us have ever been aware that De Niro is a ditzy bozo bohunk?

    • You make a worthy point about the role of the internet in this polarised insanity, and the several other alternative versions of digital enlightenment.

      I blame the humble and unassuming chap who I hear invented it – Al Gore.

      I understand he’s better than you or me, better than everyone actually, which is rather nice.

  15. Good thing President Trump pulled America out from that scam known as

    CLIMATE CHANGE

    America would have been on the hook for $5B

    With other Countries standing in wait with open hands to receive the money

    But…to you Mr. DeNiro

    Feel free to donate as much of your own money as you like to Climate Change

    PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS 💰💰💰 MR DENIRO

  16. De Niro would have left a much more respected legacy had he just kept his stupid trap shut. Didn’t know his politics and didn’t care until the last election cycle. Now I would just as soon hit him in the mouth as look at him or any film he is in.

    • A lot of actors ought to keep their stupid mouths shut.

      I used to love Jackie Chan, but then he opened his stupid mouth and criticized the United States in a very nasty way (in order to ingratiate himself to the Chinese leadership, imo) and now I won’t watch his movies anymore.

      To enjoy a movie one has to suspend reality for a while and get immersed in the character, but these nasty political remarks make it impossible to do. All I see when I look at these people now is a bunch of nasty leftists who I can’t look at as sympathetic characters. Their nasty reality intrudes too much.

      Nowadays, my favorite actor is “The Rock”. I sure hope he doesn’t get too political in the future otherwise I won’t be watching his movies, either.

      • Oh please Lord let him win the DNC primary!

        Not that they have anyone of any consequence at the moment anyway…

      • You know Martin Sheen is a total loon too but as a serious student of our Civil War I gained some respect for him because he played Robert E. Lee in the movie ‘Gettysburg’ (A movie in which all the actors, including the re-enactors, worked for free as a labor of Love) to bring the second book ‘killer Angels’ of the outstanding Civil War Trilogy to life. In my book every actor in that film gets special kudos for giving their time and talent to tell the story.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_(1993_film)

    • De Niro would have a respected legacy if he didn’t attack the French Justice system when he was interrogated in that pimping affair in Paris. He obviously couldn’t care less about sex trafficking.

      Of course, De Niro’s attacks on France were “punished” by the socialist government by allowing him to escape justice.

      http://www.liberation.fr/societe/1998/03/02/de-niro-retour-sur-un-pseudo-martyr-judiciaire-l-enquete-de-frederic-n-gguyen-sur-un-reseau-de-prost_231888

    • Agreed. I think he’s a great actor but this stupid tirade makes me lose respect for him as a person.

  17. Aaannnd Robert De Niro is whom?

    I had to check IMDB; but the last Robert De Niro movie I’ve watched was a pitiful “Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”. Even then I watched it on TV for free.

    The only other Robert De Niro movie I’ve ever watched is the first Godfather movie; and exactly once. Yup! Never bothered to even peek at any other of the Godfather series. Tom Hanks in the “You’ve got mail” utterly failed to convince me to watch any more Godfather movies; I-Ching of business be dam*ed.

    Obviously, I am not any sort of a De Niro fan.

    One wonders exactly for what role in Dubai, did De Biro burn all of that fossil fuel and likely eat First Class food and expensive dinners?
    Representative?
    Official?
    Active member of a valuable organization? Definitely not what Actor’s Guild is to the world at large.
    Elected representative of government?
    Activist? Bingo! Another elitist preaching advocacy against the wishes of Earth’s citizen majorities.

    It’s almost nice that De Niro believes he has any right to tell Americans, or the population of any country, how to live their lives and spend their time and monies.

    I am somewhat amused that when I typed De Niro’s name into Bing, up pops:

    Sometimes a parody writes itself’: Robert De Niro goes to Dubai to BASH the Trump admin on climate change

    The topic must be very popular, because the search censors haven’t fudged the rankings, yet.

    A topic that describes De Niro’s alleged mission extremely well; all ad hominems, bad science, ideological climate religion with zero actual benefit or potential benefit.

    Where’s farmer with a loaded manure tank when you need them?

  18. DeNiro, without all of us “deplorables”, then what would happen to all of you “elites”?
    We live in the real world.

    PS It seems that most of “the rich” that espouse “The Cause” are also in favor “progressive” Government policies “Tax the rich to give to the poor” etc.
    My question is, Why are so many Hollywood rich, rich politicians (The Clintons, Kerry, Biden, Polosi, etc etc), rich businessmen (Soros, Steyer, etc) that claim to believe Government should do that, still rich?
    They don’t need the Government to allow them to give to poor directly? Why don’t they just practice what they preach?

    • Gunga Din, “My question is, Why are so many Hollywood rich, rich politicians (The Clintons, Kerry, Biden, Polosi, etc etc), rich businessmen (Soros, Steyer, etc) that claim to believe Government should do that, still rich?”

      I think it’s because In order to have functioning “socialism”, you must have controlled society . . but once you have controlled society, the “leaders” don’t have to live up to what they promised to get people to go along with setting up the controls over them . . So, power hungry control freaks naturally claim they want to help the downtrodden and such. It’s got nothing at all to do with them actually wanting “socialism” itself, I don’t believe. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing dealeo . .

      • So true. And the proof is the screams coming from Hollywood over the new tax structure. THEY never expected to see THEIR taxes go up – that was supposed to happen to the middle class NOT them.

  19. I’m sure he’s an expert. Leonardo DiCaprio has also explained climate science, and hey, Al Gore won an Oscar!

  20. It seems there may be some very small return to sanity among the Hollywood “elite”. He does concede that President Trump would have to be VOTED out of power; not simply removed for “collusion” with Russia.

  21. Sooooo glad the actor who played one of the dumbass roles in the insanely stupid Fockers 1, 2, 3 ad nauseam movies can wax so intelligent about the climate. Such credentials! I am humbled!!!

  22. From the article: “Each year, government officials, policy-makers, thought leaders, and private sector trailblazers come together”

    It doesn’t say anything about actors being included.

  23. DeNiro is right. I don’t know why the Americans are so obsessed with climate change. It is some sort of craze. In most countries nobody gives a hoot about climate change and if you bring up the issue you get yawns.

  24. Amazing. Just amazing that he got this incredible understanding of atmospheric physics and he left formal schooling at 16.

    Pure genius!

  25. “Each year, government officials, policy-makers, thought leaders, and private sector trailblazers come together to explore the future of government in the coming decades led by the advancements of mankind. …”

    That’s why a certain Constitutional Republic has simply got to go, I am convinced. They don’t want to have government(s) of, by and for the people . . They want to call the shots, and have virtual “diplomatic immunity”, such as we have recently seen (almost) play out in America, it seems to me . .

    And they know they are gonna have a very hard time endlessly explaining why the most successful Government on the planet is one where the people have the ultimate say, and have troublesome things like inalienable rights . . not granted by the Government.

    “Climate Change” was to be a major crisis that would justify “advancing” beyond rule by consent of the governed (in those few places where it actually exists), so these would-be gods, could play God, with impunity. Same old same old, really . .

  26. Robert De Niro has nothing to worry about. As soon as the people pushing climate change find another environmental cause the “temporary insanity on climate” will end. Although they have been looking for the next big environmental cause for more than 20 years… Maybe they’re stuck?

  27. Oddly it is De Niro with a history of long term psychiatric issues.
    De Niro does demonstrate a common issue that many climate extremists suffer from, namely projection.

  28. When you are opposing the consensus position your opinion is apparently invalid unless you are a qualified climate scientist, however anyone, no matter how empty-headed, is allowed to make valid comments when supporting it.

    • That’s because they base their statements on “proper authorities” (as in only those who agree with their position, quality of work irrelevant).

  29. Soooo, he is not with the government, not a trailblazer, not a policy maker, so he must be a thought leader? Who woulda thunk it, LOL

    • “The star actor seems to think…”

      Ex actor’s opinions are a dime-a-dozen. They’ll say or do anything to get publicity for themselves.

      • Decent ex-actors stick to doing ads for diabetes supplies, term life insurance, mattresses, walk-in baths, and other geriatric-oriented stuff, targeted towards the age group that watched their movies as younger (wo)men.

    • Because you got the WRONG kind of double glazing units. You got those old fashioned leaky ones with argon in. The new ones have got pure CO2 in and they trap masses of heat and back reflect it into your room.

  30. When a professional make believer tells you what he thinks there may be some make believing involved.

  31. Scott Pruit understands real climate, the nature of the promotion to control people (for their own good), heads up an important agency and has the courage to resist the mob.
    :)

  32. De Niro is deluded, still living as a screen character. Somebody should make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  33. If De Niro were a citizen of any of the other countries represented at this summit and said the same thing about its president, there’s a good chance they wouldn’t let him back home or at least hassle him when he got home.

  34. Why would anyone pay attention to an Actor when he advises them on the problems or benefits of Climate?
    The things that an Actor does, are memorise his lines and pretend to be someone that he is not, in this case, a Climate Scientist. Nevertheless, he is quite correct in saying that the USA is suffering “temporary insanity” on Climate Change. Most paid Climate Scientists and the devoted followers of the Climate Modellers are clearly off their trolley and refuse to look at data, reason and history. Yet the Climate continues to change as it always has.

  35. “Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”

    Very sad to see the decline of such a great talent.

  36. The notion that an actors opinion counts for anything in a climate science debate is laughable. Just shows vividly the politicization. And they are too virtue signaling unaware to realize the absurdity of it all.
    But for sentient beings, a proven fail.

    • “What say you?”……I say you have no clue regarding De Niro.

      Tell us of the hours, days, weeks, months, that De Niro has spent researching/learning about potential inputs to climate changes. Give us a clue. Mebbe, during the100 hours he spent on sitting on a plane last year (contributing to that which he thinks is destroying the world), he was doing nothing but studying up, doing his own reading/research with respect climate variations & variables; if he was, then he might have put in about half the time of the typical poster on this site.

      Give me clue about De Niro. Just a tidbit. I personally think he’s a bit of a nut, and as his inhibitions fade with age it will start show. Tell me I’m wrong.

      Hey Spike, tell us about life

  37. “I am talking about my own country, the United States of America. We don’t like to say we are a ‘backward’ country” As Paul Harvey said “Not all that we call progress is progress”.

  38. “We” he says. He must have taken a poll to decide he can speak for the general population. Maybe in real life he is as arrogant as the characters he always seems to portray.

  39. De Niro dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue acting. He does know enough math to understand data collection and analysis.

  40. What’s more than a bit temporarily insane is the perverse culture of petty ‘celeb’ blowhards talking about something other than their acting (like anyone cares), or their latest 3-months from a discount bargain-bin, movie release.

    And what’s wrong with the audience(s) at these things?

    Do they actually think it is acceptable for poncing ‘celeb’ blowhards to be opening their mouth to a topic where theit expertise is non-existent? Or that it is a mere political attack? Is this what they paid to attend for?

    Now there’s some * permanent * insanity.

    Come to Dubai, feel smug, talk rubbish, garner accolades for being a know-nothing, pretend you’re not a sock-puppet who reads someone elses’ scripts for a living.

    Throw fruit. Throw pastries. Tell them to get off.

    But don’t just sit thete and put up with it, these celebs are out of lline, they disrespect everyone in the audience, usurp the lime light to make the event all about them, just to ease their inferiority and endemic shallowness, and turn it into a petty self-promotion.

    There’s the crux of this endemic cultural insanity. He knows that he can usurp and misappropriate social power, and take away other people’s authority to give themselves permission to think for themselves, via talking drivel and asserting that he’s obviously better suited and positioned to think and speak for them. It’s OK, trudt me … just like any other cheap confidence-trickster.

    Because, being an actor, he knows an audience will actually let him do that, shape their reallity, if he can play and schmooze them just right, and manipulate the situation to perfectiion to appear ‘Presidential’ and not just another stuffed shirt, thus to seem irresistably a ‘somebody’ of greater value than they.

    i.e. an ‘elite’ … stuffed skirt, or dress, elite.

    And it works, audiences really are that easily swayed by fake charisma from actors and their scripts and phoney fluff.

    How do you get over stage fright?

    Just imagine the audience is naked.

    Well how does the audience get over actor BS?

    Imagine they are all naked … because they are.

    Filed under:

    “Mummy, mummy! … Look at me!”

  41. Ask yourself these questions. Given that some people are better with words than numbers and some are better with numbers than words, what kind of people are more likely to be successful Actors Journalists and Politicians and what kind of people are more likely to be successful business people and scientists? Is understanding climatology primarily a numbers skill or a word skill? Who is more likely going to be better able to communicate climatology to the masses, the word people or the numbers people? Now do the same exercise with emotions and reason. Some people operate more in the emotional realm and some lean more to the rational realm. Again, Who makes the better Actors, journalists and politician and who makes the better scientist. Who is better able to sell their position?

    • Your point eludes me, Joel.

      Who will make for a meaningful debate?

      Who will make better decisions?

      Who will take responsibility?

      Who will stick to the knowns?

      Are you arguing the actor guy is a guy you want in the loop? … to do what, exactly?

      Is public policy just a style over substance exercise best addressed by actors and sudiences with hightened ’emotional intelligence’?

      Your point eludes me, were you just generalising on the dynamics of actors in crowds? Or were you really defending that actor’s role and place in all this?

      Are his remarks part of his purported better emotional connection and suitability for the AGW public communucations package, too?

      Seems a bit of a reach.

    • Joel,
      Your comment title could be called,
      “Why the UN chose a HS dropout Hollywood actor to their Climate spokesman.”

      Cheers,
      – Just another Joel.

  42. Doubt he slept in a Holiday Inn the night before…

    [Technically, one’s experiece only comes after sleeping in the Holiday Inn Expertise the night before…. .mod]

  43. It is good to see the warmists down to spokesmen like this guy. It aint over till it’s over but i think this thing is won. Congrats to wuwt and to all on this side of the fight.

  44. Actors are nothing without directors and a script. Which means they are but tools. Who is wielding this not so sharp tool?

  45. De Niro should worry about his contribution to our lost, broken down, violent culture. He’s been phoning it in since Raging Bull. If he has something to say try facts instead of demagoguery.
    Another actor who’s emotions Trump his rational thought.

  46. “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

  47. Insanity as compared to what, Bob? The full-on type that characterizes every EU nation that pays lip service to lowering their carbon footprints yet continues to push out the date to meet their goals, while increasing their carbon footprints?

  48. deniro is currently trying to undermine cooperative self rule on hurricane ravaged barbuda and replace it with new developer friendly laws from antigua in order to build a resort for his 1% friends

    • following in dicaprios footsteps , who is building his mega eco resort on previously undeveloped black adder cay in belize ( which will be utterly destroyed in 30 years if sea level rise predictions by the IPCC come true ) .

  49. Don’t be fooled. This is NYC cocktail party back scratching among friends. You say stupid things for me and I’ll do you a favor tomorrow.

  50. Frankly I think you being a bit hard on De Niro, that is one hell of a long swim from the USA to Dubai , and so you can understand how tired and cranky he been when he got there . For I am sure he never took his ‘evil fossil fuelled ‘ private jet out and there and stayed in five star hotels which can only keep themselves nice and cool the ‘desert’ by using lots of power from ‘evil fossil fuels’

    Although to be fair if they did then given this country’s vast wealth , which meant he had such hotels to stay in and allowed this conference to be held in the first place, came of the back of ‘evil fossil fuels, so at least they had easy access to them.

    But it is odd how these events can never take place in rather less splendid surroundings, and how ‘environmental’ events depend the existence of five star hotels and places to land private jets .

  51. It’s Cafeteria Food-Fight Rules

    The main idea is to create a wild scene, a riot; with a secondary objective being to make it look like ‘the other guys’ [us] started it, or at least were ‘obviously’ right in there, in the thick of it.

    We know how to win this game. When a french-fry goes flying by, put your hands down in your lap, or sit on them. When people start shouting, zip your lip. If you join-in instead, those who started, win. If you decline to join them in their behavior, you stand a chance of coming out the winner.

    Don’t get sucked into the name-calling. Don’t reach for the more-clever insult.

    Let De Niro & Co own it. When we ‘come back’ with more (and hopefully ‘better’), we have accepted the Hollywood veteran as our leader.

    It’s BAIT, people. Don’t bite on it!

    • Wrong. The answer is to quietly but firmly blockade any cinema where his film is showing unless the person can prove they did not drive to the cinema.

      • Using Freedom of Speech to shout-down others is an abuse of it, and ultimately will damage it, for all. Got Senator Elizabeth Warren ‘forcibly de-micced’, on the Senate floor.

        Similarly abusing Assembly to target others or their businesses is closely related to stalking. Half a step removed from “Flash Mobs” coordinating with cellphones to overwhelm and neutralize.

        Using Assembly to actually-blockade is actively addressed by law enforcement; gets you crammed into the paddy-wagon.

        Cf, the Right-to-Lifers attempting to “blockade” abortion-clinics. You can make them ‘run the gauntlet’ (and scream “Baby killer!” at them as they scurry by), but you can’t actually “prevent” them from Coming or Going. The cops are watching.

        And then there’s good-ol’ Mother Reality. You would be doing impressively well to put a half-decent little protest-group out in front of a single theater, much less – ‘yeah right’ – blockade the 100s or 1,000s at which a De Niro movie is scheduled.

        Your heart might be in the right place but … ‘needs (substantial) work’. ;)

  52. Across our nation, Freedom of Speech us under attack, especially on college campuses. Left leaning ideologists are demanding that certain words and phrases must not be uttered to protect the ‘feelings’ of certain groups and individuals. They call such words hate speech, and demand that those who use such words should be punished under the law.

    These same people, however, are largely the ones suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, which is characterized by a perverse expression of hatred towards the President in particular, and the people who voted for him in general. It might be interesting take some of the phrases used for Trump and his supporters, and replace the subject of each sentence with a women, minority or transgender group or individual. Then again, the exercise might be completely lost on the left.

    I for one, completely support Robert De Niro’s right to say that we are insane in front of the whole world. I do not wish to restrict his speech than I would wish anyone to restrict mine.

    • I would restrict his right to say it without giving equal publicity to the right to reply. Why can public figures like Prince Charles and not very bright actors get headlines for calling people like myself headless chickens but me not have the right to point out with equal coverage that his statement is based on the out of touch situation of the over wealthy over privileged and under technologically educated.

  53. Actors are used to delivering their lines with outrageous statements with no consequence except at the box office. But he should know there is a difference between acting and defaming his country to a foreign audience. Can I start a sentence with but?

    • Some of us hate that but since you have done so the answer has to be that since it has happened in the real world you can, even if the theoretical situation says you cannot. Perhaps there is a lesson for climate scientists in the.

      • Why is there no edit facility as I accidentally hit return before I could correct it to this?

        [Correct what “it” to what “this” ?? 8<) ..mod]

  54. The Mexican kid who mows De Niro’s grass knows more about climate than De Niro. But probably De Niro thinks the kid is a climate refugee….

  55. So De Niro tells people in Dubai that America is a backward country? The United Arab Emirates were basically a sand dune before oil was discovered using American technology that made it prosperous.

    If the UAE were to take De Niro’s advice and stop producing oil in the name of avoiding global warming, the UAE would become a “backward” country. Could the UAE feed the population in all those skyscrapers using fish from the Persian Gulf?

  56. it’s difficult for me to put into words the amount of respect I have for the scientific musings of an actor ruminating on science he clearly has no grasp of.

  57. Give De Niro a break. He’s an actor. He’s spent his whole life pretending to be someone else. After 45 years of pretending to be someone else, performing roles that were purely the imagination of someone else, I too might have problems connecting to reality. These people are trained to convince you that fairy tales “can come true, that it could happen to you”. Their job is to do that without embarrassment, without their face turning red, without apology. They become the person in the role to the extent I bet they could fool a lie detector – because he convinces himself he is the person he is supposed to be portraying.
    So he doesn’t know it’s not snowing in Alaska, or that there may be snow in all 50 states of the US. He can’t see that inside a Universal Studio in Burbank, or from inside his house in Beverly Hills. To him it is reality, because that is what his script says.

  58. Possibly the only mistake on climate change was in cutting the research. It should have been redirected to projects that had as their aim the fault finding with the existing research and funding directed to institutions with practical skills in data collection and also data analysis to fault the nature and quality of the climate scientist’s idea of normal climate.
    Since they set the bar so high at “beyond question” when they pushed global warming on the gullible, media obsessed, world any hint of a question on the infallibility of the science faults should be highly publicised as justification for treating climate change as a scam.
    Perhaps also Trump should have a list drawn up of all items headlined in the media world wide that have been proved untrue and put the upon the web for inspection prior to all conferences on climate or following all conferences where climate was raised as an issue.

    kaliforniakook has the media supporters of climate change action summed up perfectly.

    • I agree, David! Defunding the old AGW “science” without redirecting resources to new objective research in the field is like hibernating a frog in a river bed by draining the water. You may think the frog is dead, but it will come back to live once water starts flowing again under a new management … :)

  59. His face shows all the tell tale signs of him being alcoholic….reddish bulbous nose and his aggression, agitation, compulsive behavior, lack of restraint and general discontent are all signs the guy is living inside the bottle and probably has been for his entire career. This is the same guy who threatened to punch Trump in the face. He is basically out of control and may do harm to others. An intervention may be needed.

  60. I just hope that people start making a distinction between empty-headed celebrities and real science. It’s insane to even consider taking seriously the opinions of high-school dropouts about physical issues that require advance science degrees to understand …

  61. Deniro just lost an admirer of his acting talent, I am from this time forward will not watch or go to movie or rent one in which he participates

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