Mark Ruffalo attacks fossil fuel workers' 'greed and selfishness'; oil and gas group responds
“You should be grateful that millions of workers in the energy industry were willing to show up with our kids and pay 15 bucks to watch your movies.”
The US Oil & Gas Association (USOGA) fired back at a rant from prominent actor Mark Ruffalo following his social media post condemning fossil fuel industry workers.
Ruffalo, a multi-Oscar and Emmy award nominee, touts himself as a "climate justice advocate" in his Twitter profile. Over the weekend, he posted a news article that claimed the Earth’s temperature is at a multi-millennium high and blamed it on "climate deniers who have worked for the oil and gas industry."
“For all you climate deniers who have worked for the oil and gas industry—mostly you flagrant politicians, you have screwed us, your children, and the generations to come,” he tweeted. “All for greed and selfishness. Especially Lee Raymond and Exxon.”
USOGA responded directly to Ruffalo on Twitter, scolding him for not being “grateful” to workers who have powered America’s grid for decades.
“We don't care what you think,” the pro-fossil fuel group replied. “You should be grateful that millions of workers in the energy industry were willing to show up with our kids and pay 15 bucks to watch your movies.”
“A simple thank you would suffice.”
USOGA also took shots at Ruffalo’s career, saying nobody would even know [who] you are "if not for CGI and digital artists.”
It’s not the first time Ruffalo has received pushback for his activism. In 2016, National Review branded him a “hypocrite” for jetting to London for an awards ceremony roughly a week before publicly condemning fracking for its impact on the environment.
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