So I’ve got two ideas of things to write about tonight, but they should both be short so I might do them both.
I’ve heard people complaining about James Cameron’s visit to the province. Many the complaints fall into two categories I don’t think are particularly valid.
First I’ve heard, “Who the $*%& cares? He’s just a celebrity. What does he know about the environment?” Now I know very little about the environment and more to the point I have no idea how much or how little James Cameron knows. I do think that just assuming he is a moron is a mistake. Before offering an opinion, I hope that he has had some education in the subject and his visit itself shows that he is willing to take a first hand look rather than just read biased reports from a distance.
Second I’ve heard, “Why does he get a sit down with the Premier? I bet real experts don’t get the same access!” Really? I bet the Premier has met with real experts. I bet he even takes some with him when he travels to the States or where ever promoting the oilsands. Futhermore, I think that they can both talk at the same level. If a real scientist speaks with the Premier or writes a report for him, it will have to be simplified. So both Cameron and Stelmach are concerned amateurs in the science. Additionally, they will both understand the publicity/political related impacts. I would think there is lots of commonality to make it a useful meeting. Finally, like it or love it, the opinions of celebrities carry weight. Swaying one opinion might result in swaying thousands of others…
I don’t have to be happy about the Cult of Celebrity we live in. I don’t think the visit deserved being the top news story for three days in a row. But if I’m going to express disdain about Cameron’s visit it would be due to disagreeing with his statements nad opinions – not dismissing them out of hand.
Unfortunately, I don’t care enough about his visit to find out what those statements really are.