Climate Hypocrites and the Media that Love Them

The not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags

James Cameron: Writer, Director, Producer, Eco-terrorism Supporter

Net worth: $700 Million

Houses: 3 houses

Yachts, planes, cars: Motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a fleet of submarines (including one costing $32 million) and a Humvee fire truck

Foundation: Avatar Global Foundation, Blue Planet Marine Research Foundation

Famous for: Writer, Director (The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar)

Notable Quote: “I believe in eco-terrorism.”

In an interview after Avatar was released, Entertainment Weekly commented that the movie was “the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.” Unphased, James Cameron replied “Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in ecoterrorism.”

According to Cameron in an interview with USA Today, the film Avatar was “a cautionary tale about our own environment.” In the movie rogue marines were portrayed as heroes – for turning on and killing their fellow marines to protect the environment of the distant planet Pandora.

Starring in the nine part alarmist Showtime Documentary Years of Living Dangerously, Cameron warned future generations were going to be left with a “world that’s in shambles” because of climate change. Yet, the director owns a collection of motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a fleet of submarines and a Humvee fire truck.

CBS News promoted this documentary in five separate broadcasts.

Both ABC and CBS praised Cameron for his submarine purchase. On CBS This Morning on August 4, 2014, anchor Gayle King said she loved Cameron’s “passion and curiosity” while correspondent Bill Whitaker used the interview to promote Avatar and what Cameron told him could be “five or six” potential sequels.

Cameron has been outspoken against those skeptical of climate change calling them “swine,” according to Ecorazzi, and “boneheads” that he wanted to “shoot it out with.”

Independent filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney called out Cameron in 2010 for telling TheLos Angeles Times that “[w]e’re going to have to live with less” to combat climate change, while he himself lived in luxury.

The Independent (UK) reported in 2010 that Cameron owned three houses in Southern California (including one in prestigious Malibu) that take up more than 24,000 square feet combined and “each have heated swimming pools,” but were sorely lacking in “a single energy-saving solar panel or windmill.”

The Avatar Global Foundation, created by Cameron in 2010 after the release of his Academy Award winning film, donates each year to environmental causes. Cameron is also the president of the Blue Planet Marine Research Foundation, through which he purchased a $32 million submarine for deep sea exploration.