Climate Hypocrites and the Media that Love Them

The not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags

Woody Harrelson: Actor Things the Holocaust is Funny, but Making Paper from Trees is 'Barbaric'

Net worth: $65 Million

Houses: Eco-friendly community in Maui, Hawaii


Famous for: Actor (Cheers, Hunger Games, Zombieland, No Country for Old Men, True Detective)

Notable Quote: “I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie.”

In 2012, Harrelson began taking a play he wrote and directed on a tour of Canada. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bullet for Hitler featured a “one-dimensional motley crew” which traded “insults and often deliberately offensive gags that riff on, among other subjects, the Holocaust and pedophilia.” Those topics might be fodder for jokes to Harrelson, but he has argued that making paper out of wood is no laughing matter.

"I'd like to see it get to the point where we never use trees to make paper because to me it's just a barbaric way to make it," Harrelson said according to CBC news (Canada). "It'd be nice to just stop using the forest. I hope people don't lose their jobs or can transition into other jobs, but to me, we've taxed the forest enough."

This is coming from the same man who attacked a photographer in 2009 because he “quite understandably mistook him for a zombie.”

Harrelson walks the walk more than most of the celebrities in this report, but only when he wants to. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Harrelson realized that he had left his vegan belt and shoes behind. So he had them flown to France from California. Despite living in an “off-grid, eco-village community,” Harrelson’s home on Hawaii requires him to fly to the mainland several times a year for work and climate activism events.

In an interview with Details magazine, Harrelson said “I don't believe in politics. I'm an anarchist, I guess you could say. I think people could be just fine looking after themselves.” He also said that he saw politicians as “a subtle form of prostitution. Or maybe not so subtle.”

But this didn’t stop Harrelson from signing a Sierra Club petition calling for President Obama to use “the strongest resolve in fighting the climate effort on every front” by leading “an effort on the scale and with the urgency we need to phase out fossil fuels and lead America.”

Harrelson also provided voice-over work for a political commercial paid for by NextGen Climate. NextGen president Tom Steyer was the single largest donor in the 2014 election cycle. Steyer spent $74 million targeting conservatives in races across the country, but ended up with most of his candidates losing their elections.