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Yanks captain Jeter plays Captain Planet in Switzerland

- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 24, 2013

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter hasn't been making footprints during the off-season, but he's now apparently concerned about his carbon footprint.

The future Hall of Fame shortstop is in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders meet once a year to hash out plans for dealing with public policy issues, climate change in particular. Jeter joins a long line of famous faces to attend the gathering of business leaders and academics, which has included U2 lead singer Bono and former president Bill Clinton.

Jeter told the Columbus Dispatch that Superstorm Sandy spurred him to action before adding: "Regardless of how you feel about it, it's something that needs to be addressed because we're seeing more and more natural disasters each year, it seems like. Something has to be causing it."

Jeter balked when pushed to get more political about the causes of climate change, saying "I know my place."

At least for now, the Yankees star seems to realizes that his area of expertise revolves almost exclusively around the baseball diamond, and that fans aren't likely to want to hear his thoughts on greenhouse gases and atmospheric pressure.

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