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Ryan Reynolds: The Gulf Disaster is Far From Over

Ryan Reynolds: The Gulf Disaster is Far From Over

Ryan Reynolds has shared his thoughts on the Gulf of Mexico’s rebuilding after the massive BP oil spill.

Here’s what the 33-year-old actor wrote on HuffPo:

“A few weeks ago, I flew over the Deepwater Horizon site and saw what looked like the opposite of all the news reports: it looked more like somebody had spilled water into a Gulf filled with oil.

“You don’t have to make a personal trip to the Gulf of Mexico to realize the BP disaster has blown the cover off a subject some would prefer to keep quiet: the ongoing damage inflicted by our addiction to oil.

“When you see images of blackened beaches, grounded fishermen, and toxic dispersants in the water, you can’t pretend that it only costs $35 to fill your gas tank.

There are hidden costs in every drop of oil, and that’s why I made this PSA for NRDC about the true cost of a gallon of gasoline.”

Read Ryan’s full post inside…

“People in the Gulf are paying a steep price right now. Eleven people lost their lives, but the human cost goes far beyond that. The commercial fishing and tourism economies in the Gulf have been gutted, and local families trying to put food on the table don’t know where to turn. They’ve lost their jobs, wages, cultural traditions, beloved beaches, and security. This is the collateral damage of the disaster.

“I didn’t grow up in Louisiana, and I can imagine those who did are even more passionate about cleaning up this mess than the rest of us. I grew up in Canada, where we have a similar tragedy being carried out right now: the ancient boreal forest in Northern Alberta is being destroyed to collect dirty tar sands oil. Oil that generates three times the global warming pollution as regular crude. As a result, entire ecosystems and indigenous communities are being devastated.

“When you see what’s happening in the Gulf and the boreal, you realize we’re willing to stop at absolutely nothing in order to get our fix. And it seems to me like it’s time we recognize we have a problem. A major, major problem.

“What we’re doing is literally the same thing cave men did: we set things on fire to produce energy. There are so many viable alternatives. Wind farms and solar plants, for instance, don’t explode, destroying thousands of miles of marshlands and oceans. That’s something worth focusing on.

“I started out feeling angry about the spill, and I think a lot of other people did too. Slowly but surely, I’ve been trying to redirect that anger into something positive. And you start to think, ‘How can we change this? How can we turn this into an opportunity?’

“I see this whole thing as a wakeup call: a chance to shift to cleaner energy and build a greener economy.

“It’s easy to vilify Big Oil after a tragedy like this, but there are still hard working people in that industry who need to put a roof over their heads. I firmly believe we can pass clean energy and climate legislation and by doing so, put millions of Americans to work.

“But we have to ask for it. We have to petition the government to move this kind of legislation forward. The Senate failed to do it this summer, but we should call on them to do it this fall. If the voices are loud enough, lawmakers will start to listen and (if only in the interests of self preservation) begin to move the country in a new direction.

“I think our approach to energy is going to change one way or another. Eventually the Earth will make us change. It would be great if we could get in front of that – and better still, be here to enjoy it.”

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  • EB

    He always looks like he has tons of makeup on and forgot to give his lips a little color.

  • whitney

    why would you comment on his appearance rather than the issue he’s trying to address?Our world is dieing and no one cares unless it’s endangering them directly =[

  • Mandine

    Look at his forehead on the cover and then in real life….hmm seems like they added some hair, huh?! @whitney: You’re right. Nice of him to address them knowing his fame might help him to make people get it.

  • max

    This guy’s hypocrisy makes me sick. After dinner I saw him and his wife drive off in a Mercedes G500 last year in Silverlake. That SUV gets 12 city/14 highway mpg. Its interesting to see how the celebrity elite behave when the cameras are not around.

  • latam

    there is something about his mouth and chin that really gets on my nerves. i can watch his films but sometimes i cant stop concentrating on how the way his mouth moves is really annoying

  • Dance In The Dark

    Why do these people think they can preach to us just because they are famous?! Why don’t they donate the millions they are overpaid rather than bully us into parting with money that deservedly goes towards bills and food. Does he have a college education? Does he even know what he’s talking about? It seems these celebrities have now added “philanthropist” to their list of aspirations, perhaps so they can be taken ‘seriously’ and us mere mortals can look up to them as warriors of the planet, rather than perceive them as pretty faces, uncharismatic robots and completely unrelevant like they really are. I’m sorry I just really hate the hypocrisy of it all, and Ryan Reynolds is a clear example of how distorted the image of do-gooding has become. He does this to raise his profile, self importance, and career. He doesn’t give a damn at all.

  • Maxie

    What a hypocrite this actor is!! How does he get around, by pogo stick, bicycle or does he walk everywhere?? I am sure he plants his and his wife’s(big lefty that she is) into all their vehicles or jets as well. I hate hypocrites!! Especially celebrities!!

  • simba

    Stop riding in your limo
    you are your wife are gas guzzlers

  • status quo

    Yikes, you guys are tough cookies. At least he is bringing light to the issue regardless of his intentions. We need to become less reliant on oil, period. We also need to really invest in cleaner energy alternatives that are attainable to the general US population. Not every can afford a hybrid let alone a new car. Tax credits for going green is a great step but we need commitees to step up and help with this effort.

    Lets be real, we all drive everywhere. We all buy plane tickets. We all use lawn mowers. We all are doing our part to screw up the environment. We are all to blame.

  • Lovin’ the JP-clan 4eva

    He looks like a terracotta Gumby. Ugly as hell.