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Ok, Let’s Hear The Derision Reserved for Pat Robertson Leveled at Oliver Stone

If Pat Robertson got on his 700 Club and made the claims that Oliver Stone has, about Sandy being ‘punishment’ for something or other, people everywhere would be on him like white on rice.  So where’s the derision of Oliver Stone?  Or are Hollywood sorts exempt?

Ever-honest director and author Oliver Stone stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss Barack Obama’s presidency, climate change and his new book and documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States.”  Stone is an equal opportunity critic, arguing that neither Obama nor Mitt Romney tackled climate change in a substantive way. “I was a little disappointed at the third debate when neither of them talked about climate control and the nature of the situation on Earth,” Stone said. “I think there’s kind of a weird statement coming right after … this is a punishment … Mother Nature cannot be ignored. That’s all I thought about.”

Oliver Stone, Hollywood’s own Pat Robertson.  Let the snark commence.  (But I won’t hold my breath).

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Written by Jim

October 30, 2012 at 19:05

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  1. I heard a lecture in the spring of 1991 where the speaker described the effects on the climate due to carbon emission into the atmosphere. He was palpably concerned. I recall he was worried that if we did not change our ways temperature would climb. Generally speaking, what he worried about has come about. The skeptical community at first said it was not happening, then it is happening but it is just a coincidence and not due to our activities, and now, some concede it is happening but say it is not as bad and we have time to do something about it. At first I gave the skeptical side every benefit of the doubt and withheld commitment. But eventually it became clear that they are wrong. It is common for just about everyone to use the term Mother Nature as a metaphorical personification for the physical world around us without any belief in Mother Nature as a supernatural actor similar to how Pat Roberson views his version of God. I reckon Stone is simply using it in the metaphorical way as well. I’m not a climate scientist but an engineering physicist who makes a living doing R&D with light. I’ve used CO and CO2 lasers. I’ve run atmospheric transmission codes. CO2 absorbs light. Something has to happen to the extra energy the extra CO2 molecules absorb. We have experimental confirmation now: Katrina, the Joplin tornado, asymmetry of high to low temperature records, Irene, Sandy, the melting polar icecap and on and on and on. It seems to me Christian ministers should now see their role as among other good things promoting responsible stewardship of God’s creation.

    Steve Allison

    November 1, 2012 at 19:43


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