Actor Mark Ruffalo warns David Cameron of ‘legacy mistake’ on fracking
The Oscar-nominated actor urged the Prime Minister to abandon the process of extracting shale gas by hydraulic fracking in Britain and leave fossil fuels in the ground.
This comes as a planning inspector will hear from energy firm Cuadrilla on Tuesday, which is appealing against county councillors’ rejection of plans for exploratory fracking in West Lancashire.
In an interview with environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth, Mr Ruffalo said: “Mr Cameron, you are making an enormous mistake, and it’s a legacy mistake, because there is no fracking that can be done safely.
“Today we are at the precipice of a renewable energy revolution. This is the new economy. We had 200 countries from around the world all agree that it’s time to leave fossil fuels in the ground.
“This is where all new wealth is going to being created, this is where new jobs are to be created, and not only that but your people don’t want it.
"You have already told them once before that if they didn’t want it you wouldn’t push them to take it. And you’re turning back on your word, sir. What is a politician if he is not credible?
“So I would say to you, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to honour your people, to honour their will but also to take them into the renewable energy future of the world.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “We are backing shale because it’s good for our energy security and will help create jobs and growth.
“There is no question that we need natural gas in the UK and if just 10% of the estimated gas in shale rock could be recovered, it would be enough to meet our energy demand for almost 40 years.
“We are encouraging safe exploration so we can know for certain how much is there and how much we can get out of the ground.”
Mr Ruffalo, who is nominated for his role in Oscar best picture hopeful Spotlight, has been a staunch opponent of fracking in the US.
Councillors rejected UK fracking schemes between Blackpool and Preston in June last year.