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 PruittOvernight Energy: Justices take up major case on water rules | Dems probe administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia | Greens sue EPA over toxic paint strippers Environmental groups sue EPA in bid to ban toxic paint strippers Overnight Energy: EPA to make formal decision on regulating drinking water contaminant | Utility to close coal plant despite Trump plea | Greens say climate is high on 2020 voters’ minds MORE 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.

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."