In Case You Missed It: Gov. Brown Responds to “Fractivist” Actor Mark Ruffalo

In Case You Missed It: Gov. Brown Responds to “Fractivist” Actor Mark Ruffalo

| by CEI Staff

POLTICO reports today on Governor Jerry Brown’s response to critics, like actor Mark Ruffalo, who have criticized California’s strictest fracking regulations in the country:

Regarding criticism from increasingly vocal Hollywood luminaries like actor Mark Ruffalo, who have sharply criticized his failure to stand against fracking, the governor suggested that they are largely ignoring the realities of Californians’ own continued reliance on cars and foreign oil.

“I don’t think it’s responsible to let third-world countries do the oil production so that Californians can drive around, even in their hybrids,” he said. “We have to shoulder our part of the responsibility. And reducing our climate footprint is not ‘snap your fingers, take one issue,” he said. “To just instantly kill an industry, with all the backlash that entails, with the trivial impact on climate change, does not seem to me the wise way to go.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Brown appeared on Meet the Press where he noted that hydraulic fracturing has occurred in California more than 50 years and said, “California imports 70 percent of our petroleum products; our cars drive over 330 billion miles, mostly on petroleum. If we reduce our oil drilling in California, which a ban on fracking would do, we’ll import more oil by train or by boat, that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

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