Fossil Fuel Hypocrite Mark Ruffalo Attacks Koch Brothers

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Leftist actor Mark Ruffalo, best known for his supporting role in 13 Going on 30, has not let his crusade against fossil fuels get in the way of his mass consumption of them.

Ruffalo is part of a movement of individuals pledging to use their “unique financial power” to divest from fossil fuel companies and “invest in climate solutions” called Divest-Invest. The combined pledged assets of the movement is over $2.8 billion.

Though Ruffalo has committed himself to divesting from fossil fuels, he is far from committed to reducing his own fossil fuel use.

Ruffalo is currently offering to fly (presumably on a fossil fuel-burning jet) the winners of a raffle he is running to the world premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“I appreciate you caring about the world as much as I do—or even a fraction, I’ll take,” says Ruffalo in a promotional video.

He offered the same flight deal during the filming of the movie, offering to fly the winners to the London set.

The winners of Ruffalo’s raffles will be burning just a fraction of the fossil fuels burned during the filming of the latest Avengers movie, which was filmed at 23 locations across the globe. He and the rest of the Avengers filmed in locations ranging from England to South Korea to Bangladesh to South Africa to Italy.

Airplanes are known for “consuming huge amounts of fossil fuels,” according to activists from the Campaign to Cut Airplane Pollution. Airplane travelers produce between two to three times as many emissions per mile compared with those traveling by car.

Ruffalo has asked all of his fellow Avengers to join him in divesting from fossil fuels.

In recent weeks, Ruffalo has joined the fight to convince museums to stop taking money from David Koch because he is a “science denier.”

The letter promoted by Ruffalo calls for the museums to cut ties with Koch and anybody else with ties to the fossil fuel industry.

In 2012, David Koch donated $35 million to the famed dinosaur hall in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. He also paid for the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, which is named for him.

Just across Central Park from the museum is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which just had its landmark fountain plaza renovated thanks to another $65 million donation by David Koch. It has been renamed the David H. Koch Plaza.

In regards to the complaints, a spokesman for Koch said that he “remains committed to supporting” educational institutions and cultural institutions.

Ruffalo’s apparent failure to see the conflict between his jet-setting lifestyle and his fossil fuel crusade is the latest in a series of events indicating his detachment from reality. This summer, Ruffalo refused to believe that the terrorist group Hamas was using children as human shields during its war against Israel, even though the practice was widely documented.

Brent Scher   Email | Full Bio | RSS
Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.

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