From The Hill:
James Cameron, director of the eco-tinged smash film Avatar, on Sunday called global warming skeptics “swine” at a renewable energy conference in Aspen, Colo., according to a news report.
“I think they’re swine,” he said at the American Renewable Energy Day Summit, the Aspen Times reported.
You’d think someone who held such passionate views would be ready and willing to debate the so-called “deniers” and prove them wrong. Well, you’d be right, to a certain point. As it turns out, Cameron did agree to a debate with Ann McElhinney, Marc Morano, and Andrew Breitbart. But, as the big day approached, Cameron started changing the rules. Read what Ann McElhinney wrote.
They wanted to change their team. We agreed.
They wanted to change the format to less of a debate—to “a roundtable”. We agreed.
Then they wanted to ban our cameras from the debate. We could have access to their footage. We agreed.
Bizarrely, for a brief while, the worlds most successful film maker suggested that no cameras should be allowed-that sound only should be recorded. We agreed
Then finally James Cameron, who so publicly announced that he “wanted to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out,” decided to ban the media from the shoot out.
He even wanted to ban the public. The debate/roundtable would only be open to those who attended the conference.
No media would be allowed and there would be no streaming on the internet. No one would be allowed to record it in any way.
We all agreed to that.
And then, yesterday, just one day before the debate, his representatives sent an email that Mr. “shoot it out ” Cameron no longer wanted to take part. The debate was cancelled.
So Mr. Cameron comes out and calls skeptics “swine” after he cancels a debate where he could have “shot it out” and proved his case. While he calls the skeptics “swine,” I’d suggest Mr. Cameron is acting like another barnyard animal, one that is quite “fowl.”