by Rebecca Carter
Categories: People.

Word hit the street the other day that this season, Kiefer Sutherland‘s 24 would be going green, inside and out.

Behind the scenes, biodiesel will be used to power generators, energy will be purchased from green sources, hybrid cars will be used in the production fleet, and a stage will be rewired to run off of electricity instead of diesel. Going green tips are already available on the show’s website as a resource for viewers.

“Hooray”, said the world in response to Fox’s move on the green front. Well, perhaps not everyone. Rush Limbaugh, eco-hater turned environmentalist, returned to his roots when he addressed the issue on his radio show Tuesday:

I’ve received a slew of e-mails from people who have read a Drive-By Media report that “24″ in the next season is going green.

For example, “May day, may day, trouble on ’24.’ Dear Rush: I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I read with horror that the new season of ’24′ will have Jack Bauer fighting global warming. Can you use your influence to change this script?”

Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot be blamed for totally misunderstanding this. This is a testament to the absolute incompetence of the Drive-By Media. Jack Bauer is not going to be shooting SUVs. Jack Bauer is not going to be driving hybrids. Jack Bauer is not going to use BBs. All the story means is that — and this is a Fox network-wide dictum from the suits in the studio tower — all these Fox programs are going to be carbon neutral in their production techniques, with lightbulb changes on the set and things like that. The content of the program is not what’s referred to in the story, so don’t panic.

Sorry, Rush. I think your information is a little off. Drive-By Media, of course, gets their information from press releases. Where do you get yours? It specifically states that 24 will be, “when appropriate, incorporating the issue of global warming and the importance of carbon emission reduction into storylines.” ABC News does report, however, that the execs around the program want to make sure that the content is always appropriate and doesn’t come off as preachy. Don’t think it can’t be done. These students figured out how to make global warming the center of attention on their version of 24.

Jack, I mean Kiefer, has already shot a PSA on the topic. Check it out:

From Crackle: 24s Kiefer Sutherland on Global Warming

Thanks for the tip, Denise!

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • zzzzzz

    One of Rush’s best and longtime friends is the creator of 24, Joel Surnow, sorry to inform you. 90% of 24 fans know that Rush is personally connected to 24, beyond him being a fan. His info is probably more correct then the spin you received via PR. I think the whole green thing is great, don’t get me wrong, but don’t use your forum to pit left versus right on something that is purely entertainment (both Rush and 24).

  • Maria

    @zzzzz: So what? They are friends. Surnow is one exec. producer of many.

    Maybe his political view has not as much influence on all the other non-republican exec. producers than you think. ;)

    Also it’s not ALL shows that turn green. FOX decided to approach 24 with the idea because it’s he most influencial and has the most impact with the viewers. Haven’t read any House or American Idol press releases for that. ;)

    You should go check out Mary Lynn Rajskubs live Stand-Up comedy, ,wehrere she talks about her experience being kissed by him. *ew* *lol*

  • Jenny

    Yup, that is correct. Rush is good friends with Surnow and other producers on the show. So any inside info he got was probably straight from the horse’s mouth.