Having made the highest-grossing film in history with Avatar, James Cameron has used his return to the spotlight to fight for the rights of indigenous people around the world, and to advocate for environmental awareness. Most recently, he completed a trek to the notorious Alberta tar sands, which is the second largest deposit of oil in the world. The operation that extracts oil there has been called the most destructive project on Earth by green groups. Cameron explains the danger the operation poses in the video after the jump.
As you may know (and as is mentioned in the video), the US is currently considering, and likely to approve, a pipeline that would pump the tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries for US consumption. This would likely sustain the absolutely devastating project for the foreseeable future.
And he is not at all happy with the Alberta Tar Sands project:
Of course, he is against oil for us. But, when he wants to use vast amounts of energy, you know for promotional and eco-tours, that is perfectly justifiable.
According to James Cameron, us common folk need to learn to live with less:
But pay no attention to his lifestyle, or his extravagant projects with their vast energy consumption. Do not be distracted by his deeds. Listen to the man’s words. He is a prophet.
Ours “will be a dying world if we don’t make some fundamental changes about how we view ourselves and how we view wealth,” he said this year. “We’re going to have to live with less.”
The man is an artist, so he is entitled to use sophisticated techniques like irony and metaphor. So when he says “we” should live with less, he means “you” should. Cameron’s press tour to promote Avatar took him to 107 cities. Perhaps he’ll “live with less” for Avatar II, by flying to just 100 cities.
You know, set an example for the little people.
Oh, don’t make that face. What, aren’t you more grateful for his advice? Who are you to judge that a tycoon living in an 8,000-square-foot house, with an adjacent 6,000-square-foot house for staff, can’t also be an expert on modest living?
That brings us to Cap and Trade. Never in the history of humanity has a more idiotic plan been put forward and sold with bigger lies. Energy is the key stone to any and every economy, be it man power, animal power, wood or coal or nuclear. How else does one power industry that makes human life better (unless of course its making the bombs that end that human life, but that’s a different topic). Never in history, with the exception of the Japanese self imposed isolation in the 1600s, did a government actively force its people away from economic activity and industry.
Even the Soviets never created such idiocy.
Be sure to check out the entire quote…