Mark Ruffalo: ‘Frack-Blocking America’

Stephen Colbert admits nothing unnatural in the quest for natural gas.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo lives in upstate New York, where the war for and against hydrofracking has dug in its front lines. Ruffalo soldiers up in the against-fracking column, and he took his cause to the Colbert Report.

Activists refuse to trust the natural gas industry’s will and ability to store, treat and dispose of fracking’s sludgy gush of toxic, radioactive and caustic liquid-waste byproducts.

More accurately termed “induced hydraulic fracturing,” the dangerous, disruptive and industrial-scale process is employed to extract substances from within the Earth’s crust, most commonly, as in upstate New York, natural gas. Opponents to the technique link it to wildlife illnesses and deaths, contamination of drinking water and increased risk of residential conflagration.

Additionally, activists refuse to trust the natural gas industry’s will and ability to store, treat and dispose of fracking’s sludgy gush of toxic, radioactive and caustic liquid-waste byproducts.

Ruffalo suggests that pulling flammables out of the ground is an outmoded energy suck and suggests solar power as a timely alternative. Colbert has an answer for that. Isn’t it true, he demands, that there is just not enough sun to go around?

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