Shatner On The FutureBy T'Bonz
May 17, 2008 - 4:12 AM
William Shatner appeared on the Glenn Beck show and showed a different side to himself than one usually sees.
As seen on the Glenn Beck show, Shatner showed his serious side, discussing his views on the state of the world and American politics. He admitted to watching Glenn Beck's show, saying "I watch you fairly consistently. But I suppose you're known for 'The sky is falling, the sky is falling'."
But it turns out Shatner himself is concerned about the future of the world, and his interest dates back to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. "I'm very much aware. I read Rachel Carson forty years ago," he said. "And subscribed to Rachel Carson's 'The Silent Spring.' It was happening then. I buy that the world is falling apart."
Shatner blamed the world's woes on an excess of people. "The main cause of it is overpopulation," he explained. "Not the main. The cause of the world's destruction is there are too many people. They're pressed together, defecating into the ocean, and it's all, it's just too much. The planet can't take it. You're trembling on the edge of toxic food and toxic air and toxic water all the time. And I'm in the area of losing faith that there's anything we can do about it, because people continue to propagate."
Overpopulation isn't the only problem. Shatner blames the government on wanting to save their own jobs at the expense of what should be done. He used the example of the government saying that miles per gallon for new cars would be only thirty-five miles per gallon in 2020. "How dare they say in twelve years we're going to gain seven or eight miles per gallon when oil is reaching $125 a barrel?" he said. "All I do know is that it is well within the technology of today to get seventy-five miles a gallon. Why is the government legislating thirty-five miles a gallon twelve years from now when we're in a crisis now?"
Shatner feels that Americans don't do anything unless a crisis happens. "We, the people need a crisis. Democracy needs a crisis. Otherwise you're maybe we should, maybe we shouldn't, let's argue about it until there's no way out! We now need an individual to sweep away all the things that America has been doing for all these years without a crisis. We need election reform. We need, we need true elections. We need people not influencing the government with special needs. We need an environmental policy. We need an immigration policy. We need the war policy. We need people who can make decisions. We need, we need the population to say we need a democratic revolution, and let's get back to the basics of the Constitution."
Asked about the death of his wife Nerine, Shatner explained why he had talked to the National Enquirer. The 'National Enquirer' was going to run a story in that direction [blaming Shatner for the death]. And I thought what, you know, I was in shock from the, from the death. And I thought, maybe if I talk to them and tell them what had transpired. So I got a price from them, got money from them to tell the story, to stop their story and to tell...the story...of what transpired. So that quelled all the supposing, and then people began to understand that a horrible accident had taken place."
The money paid by the National Enquirer was used to start the Nerine Shatner Foundation for addicted women. "There's a home that takes care of twenty to twenty-two women who stay there at one time," explained Shatner. "Several graduates of that rehabilitation program have come to me from time to time and said that I saved their life. But it wasn't me. It was Nerine's memory. So Nerine's life continues in this foundation, the Nerine Shatner Foundation, which, by the way, on www.shatner.com or shatnervision.com, you can get more information about that."
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