Mark Ruffalo Statements against Shannon LNG,
It's Mark Ruffalo.I just want to thank everyone on the call and all the
who are doing good work to stop this. It's particularly distressing to
that the Irish Government is heading down this road, especially from
who has experienced the oil and gas industry first hand for the last
The one thing I would say to you as you make this decision, and which
borne out over and over again is that the oil and gas industry is just
of - it's like a syndicate in crime group - everywhere they go, they
lie, they obfuscate,
they diminish the harms and build up the economic gains. The harms are
the economic gains are all flat. And what you happening again and again
they come into an area, thrash it and then leave and you're stuck with
bill. And Ireland is about to go down this road at a moment when the rest of the world
away from these fossil fuels.
I want to speak particularly about the harm you are doing to your
sisters here in America. The one thing we have all come to realise is,
change is a global issue, and that what you do there affects us here,
the boundaries and ideas of a country, and a city or a state are all
in the face of climate change. But I've been in the places - first of
is no such thing as gas coming out of America that isn't fracked. So, I
what they're telling you, the fact of the matter is the only way of
out of America now is by fracking. The reason we're having a boom in
gas in America is because of fracking. And I have been to the
guys will be extracting from and you are literally killing people.
you're poisoning people.
it's not going to be looked upon kindly.
are creating what the oil and gas industry themselves call sacrificial
where they're sacrificial human beings, to bring you the gas that you
you need,for a quick fix that isn't going to fix the long term problems
lastly, you are sending all of your energy dollars outside of the
if you are really grounding this on economic issues, why would you be
all of your energy money outside of your country, when you could be
that money in your country by creating your own energy through the
climate-safe ventures - such
water and sun. This is an opportunity for Ireland to become truly energy independent.
can't talk about energy independence and energy security, when you are
importing natural gas from an area of poor people that are suffering
harmed that's in a totally other country a whole ocean away.
so I implore you to think for the future, to think for the children, to
for the people who are immediately being harmed here in the United
do the right thing here.
has been a beacon of intelligence and rationale around this issue and
about to completely, hypocritically, move into creating an LNG gas
infrastructure in the face of banning fracking and saying you did it
right reasons. So, give us a hand over here. We'll keep giving you a
there. We are no longer separated by our borders.
have to look out for each other. And Irish people have always been so
thoughtful, and so courageous, and have earned that through the fight
that your people made. You know what it is like to be at the receiving
end of a
system that's unfair and looks at you as sacrificial. And that's what
doing to America. And you're doing it to Pennsylvania and many other
America to take on this kind of system. That's the end of my comments.
to thank everyone for being here.
Q: Mark , why did this
project catch your
many of my friends who we worked with to ban fracking are involved in
I've worked very closely with Julia Walsh of Frack Action and I just
know, I've been fighting against fracking and fossil fuels for the past
[..] The two go hand in hand.
On whether Mark had any direct contact with the Taoiseach since his
only got an automatic response saying that he had received the letter,
have had no communication, although I am open to a greater discussion,
if he is
willing to get on the phone.
What Irish Government should be doing to make us more aware of the fact
our actions can have these massive consequences in countries thousands
Well, I mean, One thing that has always been very effective is just to
tour the places where this devastation is ongoing. The other way is
many people who have been on the receiving end of this in the United
have spoken out, who have testified to their woes and their troubles.
a human dimension to all of this and it's something that is never taken
account when you hear it from the oil and gas industry. I can't
enough to you how much this industry lies. And they will say anything,
anything and obfuscate anything in order to get what they want. We saw
and time again. I mean, I don't want to... it's terrible to have to
here the fact of the matter is they thought about climate change for 50
They knew that water was being contaminated, that air was being
that land was being contaminated by fracking here in New York and
for ten years and
they lied and said it
was never happening. There is almost nothing that comes out of this
mouth or PR system that's true. And there is plenty of evidence, you
anywhere, look anywhere and see that that's actually true. But, come
You know. Come and
listen to the people.
We could get people to testify there. We'll bring our people to you.
There is no reason to rush this. Sure.
I would say this. It's going to take you two years to build this, okay.
time you could actually start building out solar and you could start
out wind projects that will employ so many more people, that will keep
energy dollars in your own country instead of sending them away to the
States and, and, it will give you energy security. So, there are ways
about this that aren't just simply importing natural gas from a whole
away. When you think about it, it's ridiculous that you would think
that would give
you energy security because all that has to happen is one major storm,
country as crazy as the United States is becoming these days to say,
know what, it's not in our security interest to send it to you. And so
at the whim of the United States which is increasingly becoming more and more unstable and
unreliable on the
world stage. And so I would say, if you are serious about energy
you do it in your country with the resources that you already have
you, that are falling down all around you every single day.
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