In his 2009 blockbuster AVATAR, Director James Cameron was totally against human corporations mining for energy on the fictional planet Pandora.
But, now, Cameron has invested in Planetary Resources, a company that plans to conduct mining operations on asteroids close to Earth. Within a decade, the company hopes to sell orbiting observation platforms to prospectors.
Rich rewards are expected form such endeavors. For example, a single 30-meter asteroid could produce $50 billion of platinum at today’s prices!!!
Cameron’s movie proposed that mining was immoral because rocks and plants and things are living beings living in a symbiotic relationship with all sentient life forms.
Apparently, however, when it comes to his own pocketbook, Cameron’s wacky environmentalist, pantheist principles go out the window!
– Source: Engadget, 04/24/12.