“Titanic” film director James Cameron quickly went for the oft-traversed intellectual low road of ad hominem attacks, recently attacking skeptics of global warming as those of piggish DNA.
“I think they’re swine,” said Cameron to the American Renewable Energy Day Summit in Aspen Sunday night. Laughingly, Cameron piggishly proclaimed “swine” just moments after receiving eco-ovations from the environmental Aspen crowd.
Why? He had praised a documentary that extolled the evils of a proposed hydropower project in Brazil that would ostensibly “displace a large tribal community,” therefore violating even more sacred limousine liberal codes: group identity and the hatred of capitalism.
Hydropower is “clean” by most mainstream standards, so go figure.
Hypocrisy is not the only feature of the global warming alarmist agenda. James Cameron should have read my previous Daily Caller column to avoid a trap so simple that even a Na’vi wouldn’t take the bait. Think of it this way: sticks and stones may break my bones but the global warming alarmist “Pure Anger” approach will never hurt me:
“Pure Anger” Approach” – This occurrence is an emotional, visceral display that shows skeptics are winning the day. It’s a common feature of debate — a citizen dares to question the validity of the global warming religiosity and is called a “flat-earther” or some other pejorative name. Dr. Cohen’s advice for the Pure Anger approach is to simply ignore it and revel in the fact that it is the surest sign that global warming advocates are losing the debate.
It’s not the first time that Cameron has taken the anger approach on the topic of AGP. Last March, Mr. Cameron extended the environmentalist “Appeal to Authority” by claiming that he wanted to “call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads.” Per Daily Caller, the “Appeal to Authority” is:
“Appeal to Authority” – This seems to be the first line of defense for global warming advocates. They often appeal to their authority by citing ‘irrefutable evidence,’ ‘consensus’ and such to assert authority and stifle debate. Recently, 31,000 climate scientists have signed the Petition Project. Also, top international climate scientists recently sent the United Nations a petition that challenges the UN’s global warming agenda. Settled science? Hardly.
Director Cameron put the offer of a high-noon street debate on the table and an exchange of sorts was in the works for months. Proponents and skeptics were scheduled to duke it out in the realm of ideas and science. The “bonehead high-noon shootout at the Global Warming corral” (as Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher alludes to as well) was to be a ringing success.
But alas, and all too predictably, James Cameron scheduled, re-scheduled, obfuscated and eventually cancelled the “shootout.”
What a shame as a Western-themed discussion would have made for a much better movie than a stereotypical three-hour leftist treatise presentation on azure-pigmented, capitalism-loathing, earth-worshiping, technology-disparaging aliens from a distant planet.
Tim Daniel is a small business owner and entrepreneur who currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and lovely cat. He is editor in chief of the southern California-based Left Coast Rebel blog.