Actress Sigourney Weaver Criticizes President Obama

By Nicholas Ballasy | April 21, 2010 | 3:17pm EDT
( -- Actress Sigourney Weaver, best known for her roles in the films Avatar, Aliens, and Ghostbusters  said that President Obama's offshore oil drilling proposal is a step backward.
In an exclusive interview on Capitol Hill, asked Weaver, “You talked about how the American people should not be subsidizing oil companies – do you support President Obama’s decision to implement a plan that’s a comprehensive offshore, oil drilling plan?”
Weaver said, “I haven’t talked to any one from any coastal state that is happy with that decision. I just think there’s too much at risk between the fishing industry and the tourism industry, you know? We have such magnificent coastlines and I think it’s, I think, again, it’s stepping backward.”

Weaver spoke with after participating in a panel discussion about environmental policy with columnist Tom Friedman of the New York Times, movie director James Cameron, and Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“I don’t know,” Weaver continued. “I’ve heard different theories about why he (Obama) did it. I think we need real leadership to move us past this. You know, I wish these guys would go up and either go to the White House or go up into the congressional chambers and say the same things because I think they make some very, very savvy points.”
Weaver was also asked if President Obama’s decision took her by surprise or if it was something she thought was a possibility.
“It took me by surprise, totally,” she said.
Weaver has been a long-time environmental advocate. She recently traveled to Brazil with James Cameron to speak with locals about the government’s decision to install a dam in the Amazon rainforest. Weaver’s most recent role was “Dr. Grace Augustine” in James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest grossing film in history.
"Avatar champions the environment and the indigenous people of Pandora, and shows the damage that can be done when corporate greed is put ahead of human welfare," said Weaver.

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