- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron has an ominous prediction for Planet Earth now that Donald Trump is America’s president.

The “Avatar” director told The Daily Beast his fear that Mr. Trump will undo all of former President Obama’s progress on climate change, and the effects could be catastrophic.

“A lot of my work that’s not specifically on the Avatar films — my activism — is around climate, and sustainability, and sustainable land use, and sustainable agriculture, but climate is number one,” Mr. Cameron, 62, said.

“Years ago, we sort of spotted the iceberg ahead of us and we called out the order to turn, and we’ve been slowly, slowly, slowly trying to turn this big-ass ship to not hit the iceberg, and then Trump grabbed the tiller and just plunged it right back at the center of the iceberg,” he continued.

“So am I worried? Of course. I’m like anyone of good conscience and reasonable intelligence,” he said. “I think we’re the biggest freakin’ idiot civilization in history right now, and they’ll probably be talking about us 4,000 years from now scratching their heads — like they talk about Atlantis. ‘Who are those guys? What did they do to piss off the gods so much that they’re buried under a hundred feet of mud right now?’”

Mr. Cameron said Mr. Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts” during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd was reminiscent of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” which has seen skyrocketing sales  since Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

“It’s basically the upside-down world right now, and the kind of dialogue coming out of these guys sounds like George Orwell,” Mr. Cameron said. “‘Alternate facts?’ There’s no such thing as an alternate fact! These people are insane.

“But I’m keeping my head down, doing the stuff that I thought I would be doing if Hillary was elected,” he said. “I’m making my Avatar films, I’m doing my climate work, I’m doing my sustainable agriculture work. You can only do what you can do.”

Mr. Cameron has lived in the U.S. for decades but remains a Canadian citizen. He revoked his application for citizenship after George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, according to The New Yorker.

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