Oliver Stone speaks out on Hurricane Sandy: “Punishment” for silence on climate change

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The U.S. presidential candidates have been blasted by critics in recent weeks for not addressing climate change in any of their heated debates. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been largely silent on the environmental crisis. And one person who’s not happy about it is director and author Oliver Stone.

Stone spoke to the Huffington Post this week to talk about a slew of things including Obama’s presidency and his new book and documentary series,”The Untold History of the United States.”

The 66-year-old told the news blog that neither Obama nor 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. 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.”

Despite some of his criticisms of the Obama administration, Stone freely admitted to the Huffington Post that he had already pre-voted in support of the president’s reelection. The filmmaker’s main reasons for casting his ballot in Obama’s favor were based on the president’s ability to think rationally and perform “brilliantly” in the context of debates.

And, what did Stone think about one of the worst environmental disasters in recent years? The director says Hurricane Sandy was “punishment” for Obama and Romney’s ignoring of climate change.

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