Showing posts with label Robert Redford. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Robert Redford: Republicans are 'living in the 1950s' on the environment,... I'm not so sure Robert..

The Oscar-winner takes aim at Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell, saying he "looks like he just slid out from under a rock".

Robert Redford opens Sundance London on 26 April.
Robert Redford opens Sundance London on 26 April. Photo: GETTY
Robert Redford, the Hollywood star and long-time environmentalist, has accused Republicans of "living in the 1950s" with their approach to their environment. 
The Oscar-winner took particular aim at Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, who has been a champion of the coal industry. 
“He represents the polluters’ interest because he is living in the 1950s," Redford told Variety. He added that the bespectacled 72-year-old senator "looks like he just slid out from under a rock". 
Redford, who is 78, is a regular contributor to America's polarised political debate over the environment but has been especially forthright in his opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. 
The controversial pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada through to refineries on the southern coast of the United States. 
Republicans are wildly enthusiastic about the proposed project, saying it would boost the American economy, while environmentalists like Redford argue it would be a major contributor to climate change. 
Barack Obama, the US president, has spent years on the fence over the issue, refusing to either approve or reject the proposed pipeline until a lengthy state department review is completed. 
Redford deployed an argument often used by American environmentalists: that tar sand oil is particularly toxic and the Keystone project would be of much greater benefit to Canada than the US. 
"We are putting our environment at risk to ship dirty oil, the benefits would go to another country because it is all going to be exported," he said. 
Republicans in Congress are already moving forward with a bill to force the pipeline's immediate approval, which Mr Obama has promised he will veto. 
preliminary state department review found that the construction of the pipeline would support around 42,000 jobs in the US for a two-year period but that once finished, Keystone would only support around 50 jobs. 
The falling price of oil has also led to questions about Keystone's financial viability.

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