Harrison Ford knocks Trump, others who 'denigrate science' - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Harrison Ford knocks Trump, others who 'denigrate science'

Posted: Updated:
  • NationalMore>>

  • Sheriff: No likely survivors in jetliner crash near Houston

    Sheriff: No likely survivors in jetliner crash near Houston

    Saturday, February 23 2019 3:23 PM EST2019-02-23 20:23:24 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:54 GMT
    Authorities say a Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard has crashed into a bay just east of the city.More
    Authorities say a Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard has crashed into a bay just east of the city.More
  • R. Kelly met underage girl while on trial for child porn

    R. Kelly met underage girl while on trial for child porn

    Sunday, February 24 2019 12:13 AM EST2019-02-24 05:13:36 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Tom Gianni). ADDS NAMES OF LAWYERS - In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, S...(AP Photo/Tom Gianni). ADDS NAMES OF LAWYERS - In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, S...
    (AP Photo/Tom Gianni). ADDS NAMES OF LAWYERS - In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, S...(AP Photo/Tom Gianni). ADDS NAMES OF LAWYERS - In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, S...
    While on trial for child pornography in 2008, R. Kelly still found time to talk to fans, give autographs and to meet an underage girl he later invited to his home.More
    While on trial for child pornography in 2008, R. Kelly still found time to talk to fans, give autographs and to meet an underage girl he later invited to his home.More
  • Heavy rain, floods, even a tornado as storms smack the South

    Heavy rain, floods, even a tornado as storms smack the South

    Sunday, February 24 2019 12:23 AM EST2019-02-24 05:23:32 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jim Lytle). A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Jim Lytle). A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
    (AP Photo/Jim Lytle). A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Jim Lytle). A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
    Severe storms smack the South with drenching rains, raising the flood threat on swollen rivers; tornado smashes into businesses in a small east Mississippi city.More
    Severe storms smack the South with drenching rains, raising the flood threat on swollen rivers; tornado smashes into businesses in a small east Mississippi city.More

By JON GAMBRELL
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday for protecting the world's oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who "deny or denigrate science."

The 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," stressed the importance of acknowledging the effects of climate change on the world in a speech on the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Though never saying Trump's name, he clearly targeted the American president within the opening moments of his remarks.

"Around the world, elements of leadership - including in my own country - to preserve their state and the status quo, deny or denigrate science," Ford said. "They are on the wrong side of history."

There was no immediate reaction overnight from the White House.

Trump repeatedly has criticized the idea of climate change, despite it being supported by the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and scientists. Just Monday, Trump tweeted that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, announced her presidential run "talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures."

"Bad timing," the president wrote.

Trump often conflates cold spells and other incidents of weather with climate, which is long-term.

Ford has long supported conservation efforts. Before coming out on stage, his Emirati hosts played a video of him narrating a piece for Conservation International on the importance of protecting the ocean called "Nature is Speaking."

"One way or another, every living thing here needs me," Ford growls in the video. "I'm the source. I'm what they crawled out of."

In his address, Ford called on governments and officials to rely on "sound science" to shape their policy.

"We are faced (with), what I believe, is the greatest moral crisis of our time," Ford said. "That those least responsible for nature's destruction will suffer the greatest consequences."

He added: "We need nature now more than ever because nature doesn't need people, people need nature."

___

Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap .

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

    Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

    Saturday, February 23 2019 8:33 PM EST2019-02-24 01:33:25 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File). FILE- In this combination of file photos, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meet...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File). FILE- In this combination of file photos, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meet...
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File). FILE- In this combination of file photos, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meet...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File). FILE- In this combination of file photos, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meet...
    For some observers, the nightmare result of the second Trump-Kim summit is an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving up very little, even as the mercurial leaders...More
    For some observers, the nightmare result of the second Trump-Kim summit is an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving up very little, even as the mercurial leaders trumpet a blockbuster nuclear success.More
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

    North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

    Saturday, February 23 2019 9:33 AM EST2019-02-23 14:33:13 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:47 GMT
    (Oxalis Adventure via AP). In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2019, drone image, cave explores pose with flags of North Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. in En cave in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnam will host the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trum...(Oxalis Adventure via AP). In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2019, drone image, cave explores pose with flags of North Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. in En cave in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnam will host the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trum...
    (Oxalis Adventure via AP). In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2019, drone image, cave explores pose with flags of North Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. in En cave in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnam will host the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trum...(Oxalis Adventure via AP). In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2019, drone image, cave explores pose with flags of North Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. in En cave in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnam will host the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trum...
    A train similar to one used in the past by Kim Jong Un has entered China, possibly carrying the North Korean leader on a multiday journey to Vietnam's capital for his summit with President Donald Trump.More
    A train similar to one used in the past by Kim Jong Un has entered China, possibly carrying the North Korean leader on a multiday journey to Vietnam's capital for his summit with President Donald Trump.More
  • Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

    Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

    Sunday, February 24 2019 12:03 AM EST2019-02-24 05:03:37 GMT
    Sunday, February 24 2019 1:43 AM EST2019-02-24 06:43:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia). Venezuelan demonstrators throw stones during clashes with authorities, at the border between Brazil and Venezuela, Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. Tensions are running high in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima. Thousands remained...(AP Photo/Ivan Valencia). Venezuelan demonstrators throw stones during clashes with authorities, at the border between Brazil and Venezuela, Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. Tensions are running high in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima. Thousands remained...
    (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia). Venezuelan demonstrators throw stones during clashes with authorities, at the border between Brazil and Venezuela, Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. Tensions are running high in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima. Thousands remained...(AP Photo/Ivan Valencia). Venezuelan demonstrators throw stones during clashes with authorities, at the border between Brazil and Venezuela, Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. Tensions are running high in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima. Thousands remained...
    A US-backed campaign to force Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance from security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil.More
    A US-backed campaign to force Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance from security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices