HOLLYWOOD star Mark Ruffalo has praised the Scottish Government for their ban on fracking.
The actor, who is an ardent campaigner on environmental issues, tweeted a message of support to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse and Nicola Sturgeon after the announcement that the controversial practice was to be outlawed.
He tweeted: “Scotland DID the right thing! Yay Scotland! Yay @PaulWheelhouse @NicolaSturgeon!”
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 3, 2017
Earlier in the day, he had called for them to do ‘the right thing’ and announce a ban.
A moratorium on the gas extraction technique has been in place in Scotland since January 2015 and yesterday’s decision followed extensive consultation and consideration of reports on its potential impact.
A public consultation on the issue received more than 60,000 responses, 99% of which were opposed to fracking.
In a speech yesterday, Wheelhouse said: “Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland.”
He also responded to Ruffalo’s tweet, writing: “Thanks, Mark! I believe we’ve made a sound decision. I have to say your tweets have significantly enhanced my cred with my son (thank you!)”
Thanks, Mark! I believe we've made a sound decision. I have to say your tweets have significantly enhanced my cred with my son (thank you!?)
— Paul Wheelhouse MSP??????? (@PaulWheelhouse) October 3, 2017
Last year, the Avengers star warned then Prime Minister David Cameron that he was making an ‘enormous legacy mistake’ in allowing fracking in the UK.
In an interview with Friends of the Earth, he said: “Your people don’t want it. You’ve already told them once before that if they didn’t want it, you wouldn’t push them to take it, and you’re turning back on your word, sir. And what is a politician if he’s not credible?”
Ruffalo had also called on Barack Obama to change US policy on the issue.
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