"Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake." That's how Oscar-hopeful actor Mark Ruffalo's address to Britain Prime Minister David Cameron began in this one minute 47 seconds video where the Avengers star tells Cameron to disallow fracking in the United Kingdom.
During the process of fracking, water, chemicals and sand are blasted at shale rocks to release the gas trapped within. "It's a legacy mistake, because there's no fracking that can be done safely."
Continuing his address, Ruffalo said, "Your people don't want [fracking], you have already told them once before that if they didn't want it you wouldn't push them to take it. You're turning your back on your word, sir."
"Today we are at the precipice of a renewable energy revolution. This is the new economy. This is where all new wealth is going to be created. This is where new jobs are going to be created."
Ruffalo, whose latest film Spotlight is about the Boston Globe's investigation into Catholic child abuse, is a prominent anti-fracking campaigner who lobbied successfully for a ban on the controversial technology in New York. The state in 2014 said it would ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing because of "red flags" about its risks to public health.
The ban puts one of the last great areas of untapped potential in the Marcellus Shale off-limits to the oil and gas industry.
Since coming to power last May, the Cameron government has axed a swath of green measures, including cutting solar and wind subsidies, ending favourable taxation for electric cars, and putting a carbon tax on carbon-free electricity generation. In December 2015, British MPs voted in favour of allowing fracking under national parks, despite earlier promises of a ban. Environmental campaigners and opposition lawmakers accused the government of using "sneak" tactics to relax the legislation.
The change would allow shale gas companies to drill sideways under national parks. Before the general election, the government had made a commitment for an "outright ban" on drilling in national parks. "It's not even a year since the government promised to ban fracking in national parks," Hannah Martin, energy campaigner at Greenpeace, said in a statement, AFP reported.
Prime Minister David Cameron's government has pledged to go "all-out for shale", saying it would increase energy security, keep prices down and create jobs. But there is widespread opposition and there is no commercial fracking under way in Britain yet.
The government's plans were dealt a blow earlier this year when local authorities rejected plans for an exploratory fracking site by energy firm Cuadrilla in northwest England following protests.
A government polling last week found that more people in the UK oppose fracking than support it, The Guardian reported.
Ruffalo, who has earlier made similar appeals to Barack Obama to ban fracking in the US, said that Cameron should honour the will of the British people. By leaving the fossil fuels in the ground, as scientists have called for to avoid dangerous global warming, Cameron would become a 'true and a honest leader.'
However, Ruffalo's appeals to the British PM might not cut much ice as Cameron has said fracking is important for energy security and economic growth.
Meanwhile, check Mark Ruffalo's full address to David Cameron here:
First Published On : Feb 10, 2016 16:58 IST