In a recent article for The Huffington Post Green, actor Robert Redford passionately spoke out about the backwards thinking behind giving tax payer money to the oil, gas and coal industry.
Citing the current economic situation facing much of the world, Redford pointed out how our money can be much better spent.
“Who came up with the crazy idea that the fossil fuel industry deserves our hard-earned money, no less in economic times of such harsh human consequence? We fire teachers, police and firemen in drastic budget cuts and yet, the fossil fuel industry can laugh all the way to the bank on our dime? Something doesn’t add up here.”
The actor went on to examine the issues and costs behind “subsidizing the destruction of our planet,” discussing the additional expenses incurred by society in the form of tax payer handouts, increases at the pumps, as well as the damage caused to communities all over our world by the effects of climate change.
The call to action of the article was to encourage people to engage in social media channels, using the hashtag #endfossilfuelsubsidies, in an effort to send a clear message to our world leaders who are meeting this week for the Rio+ 20 Earth Summit.
“We can do better. We need the fossil fuel industry to stop asking us to pay the price for their greed. We need our world leaders to turn their words into actions. And we can start by reminding them to #endfossilfuelsubsidies.’