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James Cameron accused of environmental hypocrisy



Bloggers have come forward, in the intervening months since Avatar’s release to accuse the 3d film’s director of environmental hypocrisy. They contend that despite his activism, attempting to stop the further deforestation of the rainforest by intervening in the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower dam in Brazil, James Cameron exploits and profits from the earth’s resources just like the individuals and corporations that he publicly denounces. The quotations from the following articles speak for themselves:

Ann McElhinney /

“James Cameron, even more than rest of us, uses the earth’s resources for his pleasure and his very profitable business. His films all employ enormous quantities of heavy metals in planes, boats, trains and the latest cutting edge camera, lighting and computer technology.

Everything about Cameron’s work uses metals mined from somewhere and his gigantic transport needs are fueled by oil”.

Mitchell Blatt /

“…While James Cameron’s Avatar contains many anti-capitalism messages in its global warming alarmist push, the film has made some big corporate partnership deals with companies like McDonalds.

McDonalds is allegedly very destructive to the environment, so Cameron isn’t really upholding the lessons of his own film.

In 2006, Greenpeace accused McDonalds of accentuating the destruction of rainforests, by using soybeans grown in rainforest regions for animal feed…”

Pam Meister /

“…According to two online sources, our buddy James lives in an 8,272 square foot “cottage” in Malibu with 6 bedrooms and 7 baths, complete with the requisite pool, tennis court and inner courtyard fit for Hollywood royalty.

A mansion with a pool in the desert? As someone who grew up in the arid climes of the American West and having lived in severe drought conditions, I can attest to how delicate the ecological balance is.

And what about the complaints that chlorinated water from the specially-built tank for Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic” ruined the livelihoods of nearby fishermen in Baja, California?..”

Kevin Libin

“…If Cameron actually believes that we can just simply replace the global gazillion dollar fossil fuel system with current wind turbine technology, he’s been making too many fantasy films. If Cameron had to shoot his movies only when the wind blew, Avatar might be hitting theatres in 2019 instead of 2009. Nor will windmills help much with powering Cameron’s own gas-hungry Hummer or the private jet he used on his Avatar promotional tour.

But the point isn’t Cameron’s hypocrisy—that’s standard fare among the hip-to-be-green celebrity culture. It’s his ignorance. If he’s so misinformed, so simplistic about the issues, then he clearly isn’t really serious about them….”

Kevin Scott of disagreed with the aformentioned bloggers: “Not, in any of these blogs, is it mentioned that James Cameron owns a hybrid. He has a home that is solar-powered. The 3d glasses that audiences wear while watching Avatar are recyclable. And as for the accusation,by Pam Meister of Big, that chlorinated water, from the enormous tanks built for the film Titanic, ruined the local environment and the livelihoods of fishermen in Baja, California, three separate studies by local government, as well as research by Fox Inc. ,which distributed the film, found that the studio’s water work had no environmental impact”.



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