The Sundance Kid rides again (using clean energy, of course)

A week after Al Gore’s recent call for alternative fuel research and development, Robert Redford has called out President George Bush for failing to do just that. The action from the 72-year-old actor and NDRC trustee is timed to discourage Congress from opening up American shorelines to drilling (Bush has already approved it), which will not solve our dependency on foreign oil because, as he notes, the country only contains 3 percent of the global supply of petroleum.

“Many of our fellow Americans now choose between buying gas to get to work and buying food to feed their families. Meanwhile, President Bush is trading on that desperation to peddle a lie: that sacrificing our coastlines and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Big Oil will solve our problems at the pump,” said Redford in a feature on NRDC's website. 


Redford goes on to further criticize Bush: “He remains committed to looking back to an era that got us into trouble in the first place. This at a time when every other sector in our society is looking forward, seizing opportunities and pulsing with good old American ingenuity, resulting in new and innovative solutions to these challenges.”

He lists as potential solutions electric hybrid cars, replacing coal and nuclear power with wind and solar energies, as well as advanced biofuels, pointing to California as an example of progress in these fields.

Among Redford’s other recent social acts was producing and narrating the short film Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars, about 19 new proposed coal plants, and the unlikely band of protesters it inspired: ranchers, environmentalists, business leaders, lawyers, and mayors. Says Redford in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, “I think the cost of those plants is going to be enormous, not only in terms of pollution. Nevada could do better with renewable energy plants, which would bring jobs and other economic benefits with them.”

Listen to the well-spoken Mr. Redford elaborate further in more excerpts from his interview with the Sun on their website.

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