Guest post by Jeff Perren
Nicole Gelinas and Heather MacDonald at City Journal, Kimberly Strassel at the Wall St. Journal, Caroline Baum at Bloomberg, the mighty Veronique du Rugy at Reason... all fine thinkers. But — fickle heel that I am — I have to declare my new devotion to the heroic Ann McElhinney.
Writing at the Big Hollywood blog site, Ms. McElhinney urges James Cameron, director of Avatar* to grow up. That will never happen, of course, but in the process she does a superb job of defending human extraction of the Earth's resources for human benefit. Her argument is so simple even a Hollywood director could follow it:
“Mining makes everything about James Cameron’s life and our lives in the developed world, beautiful, possible, bearable, majestic, gorgeous and full of promise.
“The people of the rain forest on the other hand who live the simple, organic, back-to-nature life so adored by the Hollywood elite such as James Cameron, also have short lives of misery, disease and squalor. They would do anything to have a piece of the James Cameron life and escape their subsistence hunter-gathering nightmare. . .
“Mining companies bring jobs, roads, infrastructure, health clinics and opportunities to some of the poorest people on the planet.”
“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.”
So that's why I'm in love with Ann McElhinney, 'cause I just can't resist a woman with really big b-b-b-brains. I'm pretty sure this one's going to last.
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* Best quote ever on that silly piece of viro propaganda, Avatar:
Hollywood: For their own gain, Military and corporate villains kill and pillage a peaceful indigenous population that is in tune with Mother Nature.
Reality: In Haiti, Mother Nature kicks the hell out of a backward, indigenous population and American military and corporations immediately come to their comfort and aid.
[From a commenter at HotAir, Feb 22, 2010 - 2:11 pm]