|Peter Foster: Attacking the Pandora oil sands|
|Written by Peter Foster|
|Thursday, 04 March 2010 23:11|
National Post editor Peter Foster delved into the developing story of James Cameron's new historical role-environmental alarmist. Foster highlighted directors Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney's roles in the documentaries Mine Your Own Business and Not Evil Just Wrong, which debunked bad science and staunchly supported economic development.
Foster noted that McElhinney has been one of the most vocal opponents of Cameron's eco-message. McElhinney's speech at CPAC confronted director for his hypocritical and anti-capitalist views, and was rewarded with a standing ovation 8,000 people strong.
Perhaps Avatar’s most outspoken critic is Ann McElhinney. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington two weeks ago, Ms. McElhinney noted — to Tea Party cheers — that Avatar might be both beautiful and compelling, but it was also an “anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-mining rant.”
The redoubtable Ms. McElhinney is one half of a still-married filmmaking team, along with Phelim McAleer. This Irish duo knows whereof they speak when it comes to mining and environmental issues. They have made two excellent films: Mine Your Own Business, on the campaign by big, well-funded NGOs to prevent mining development whatever the cost in jobs and development prospects for poor countries; and Not Evil Just Wrong, about Al Gore’s brand of climate change hysteria.
Mr. McAleer has achieved YouTube fame by fearlessly asking inconvenient questions of the Green Elite, including Mr. Gore. He was interviewed from the Copenhagen Climate Change conference dressed as a polar bear and under missile attack from outraged True Believers!
Avatar’s polarizing effect was moved up another notch this week — strengthening Ms. McElhinney’s case — when a bunch of Usual Suspect NGOs and native groups took a full-page ad in the Hollywood magazine Variety (see it below) to praise the film and hijack its already eco-hysterical meaning. The ad’s heading is “James Cameron & Avatar… You have our vote!” Below is an aerial shot of the Alberta oilsands and the less-than-imaginative legend “Canada’s Avatar Sands.”
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