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DiCaprio Rallies for Environment

August 13, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Calling the United States the world’s biggest polluter, Leonardo DiCaprio urged President Bush to make a statement in favor of the environment by attending the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.

``Mr. Bush, we’re asking for your support, to be the president that looks towards the future,″ DiCaprio said Monday at a rally organized by Global Green USA, an affiliate of Green Cross International.

Bush hasn’t said whether he’ll join some 100 world leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mexican President Vicente Fox and French President Jacques Chirac, at the summit.

The 27-year-old ``Titanic″ star also complained that the Bush administration has opted out of the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate treaty with mandatory controls for industry ``despite the fact that we are the biggest economy and the biggest polluter.″

White House environmental experts have said the agreement would cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and millions of jobs.

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