De Niro: US suffering from 'temporary insanity' on climate change
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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."

Speaking to an audience in the Middle East, De Niro said he was coming from a "backward" country, according to The Associated Press.

He cited comments from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE that cast doubt on whether global warming is harmful to humans.

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“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.

In recent public comments, Pruitt questioned whether anyone could truly know what the Earth's "ideal" temperature would be in the year 2100.

“Is it an existential threat? Is it something that is unsustainable? Or what kind of effect or harm is this going to have,” Pruitt said in an interview with Las Vegas television station KSNV. “We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what? Warming trends. So I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

De Niro has in the past been critical of Trump. Earlier this year, he called the president a "f---ing idiot" and a "f---ing fool."