Wednesday, April 28, 2010

James Cameron: Oil and coal lobbies engaged in ‘disinformation campaign to discredit science’

James Cameron appears on the CNN International special, 'The Special Debate for Earth's Frontiers: The Future of Energy'. CNN

Okay, so this is hardly news: it's been apparent for quite some time that coal and oil companies have been funding an ongoing campaign to confuse the public about climate science. Nothing revolutionary there; who would be surprised that fossil fuel industries are protecting their interests? What's surprising is how depressingly effective they've been. Which is why it's encouraging to see a smart, science-savvy public figure like James Cameron -- who also just happened to make the biggest grossing movie in history -- recognizing the travesty perpetrated on the American public.

Cameron is appearing on a CNN International special that's airing this Thursday, called The Special Debate for Earth's Frontiers: The Future of Energy. The debate, which also featured Mohamed Nasheed, the president of the Maldives, and Changhua Wu, the Greater China Director of the Climate Group , and others, saw Cameron enter the fray, no-holds barred.

He dropped a couple astute truth-bombs, like this one:

What I see in the U.S is the oil and coal lobbies spending massive amounts of money on a disinformation campaign that is used to discredit science and steer public opinion away from any sense of social responsibility about climate change.
What he sees in the US is the same thing we all see, if we're willing to follow the money…

Cameron also commented on the need to price carbon, and the damage our too-low gas prices are doing…

James Cameron: Oil and Coal Lobbies Engaged in "Disinformation Campaign to Discredit Science"

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