Climate Hypocrites and the Media that Love Them

The not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags

Mark Ruffalo: Hulk Smash Anyone Who Criticizes Climate Change Alarmist Hypocrites

Net worth: $20 Million

Famous for: Actor (The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Shutter Island)

Notable Quote: “Anyone who attacks Leonardo DiCaprio is either a coward or an ideologue.”

This May, Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Incredible Hulk. In real life, his climate change activism hides a not-so-green hulking monster.

When Climate Depot asked Mark Ruffalo at the 2014 People’s Climate March if people like Gore and DiCaprio are really the best spokespeople to “fight global warming,” since they have huge “carbon footprints,” the actor was nothing short of dismissive.  

“Oh brother,” Ruffalo responded. “That is a question you shouldn’t be asking here today because that defies the spirit of what this is about.”

He added that “[a]nyone who attacks Leonardo DiCaprio is either a coward or an ideologue.” Apparently there is no room for thinking poorly of DiCaprio’s habits of flying around the world to attend multiple parties in the same night, or borrowing the yacht of a Middle East oil billionaire twice.

Ruffalo has also been an outspoken critic of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a process for extracting natural gas from shale deposits deep underground. To further his cause, Ruffalo promoted flawed “facts” about how fracking causes water pollution and how it can cause tap water in nearby houses to catch on fire.

In reality, some people have been able to light their water on fire since the 18th century, long before hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling were used to capture natural gas. And many reports of contaminated water and other environmental impacts have proved inaccurate or overblown.

Popular Mechanics wrote in a series on fracking myths that a particular example of a flaming tap used repeatedly by the media “appears a damning indictment of the gas drilling nearby. But Colorado officials determined the gas wells weren’t to blame; instead, the homeowner’s own water well had been drilled into a naturally occurring pocket of methane.”

Climate isn’t the only area where Ruffalo is a hypocrite. Despite joining the Occupy Wall Street protesters to rant against wealth and the financial industry, Ruffalo himself is worth $20 million.