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James Cameron seeks 'constructive solutions' after oilsands tour

Fresh off a fact-finding mission of Alberta’s oilsands, Canadianfilmmaker James Cameron met with politicians and the media in Alberta’scapital Wednesday to get a balanced look at the oilsands and theireffect on the environment.

Fresh off a fact-finding mission of Alberta’s oilsands, Canadian filmmaker James Cameron met with politicians and the media in Alberta’s capital Wednesday to get a balanced look at the oilsands and their effect on the environment.n


“What we need is a constructive solution here,” he said. “It will be a curse if it’s not managed properly, it can also be a great gift to Canada and to Alberta if it is managed properly.”


Cameron also sat down with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach for a candid, but private, discussion Wednesday.


Cameron said he and the premier agreed to disagree on a few points but Stelmach said it was important for him to meet with the Hollywood director.


“The media’s interest in Mr. Cameron’s visit has allowed our government and industry to tell our story,” he said. “Albertans know we share a responsibility to protect our planet. We’re doing our part to move the world towards a clean energy future.”


Now that the Avatar director has had a first-hand look at Alberta’s “black eye,” he said the public has a responsibility to create boundaries for oil exploration.


“The world is looking at what you here in Alberta do,” he said. “The decisions that are made here are really going to shape the energy policies of the future.”

 
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