Mark Ruffalo On A Solar-Powered Future

Actor and activist, along with Mark Jacobson and Marco Krapels talks about 'hang gliding' over the natural gas 'bridge' to a renewable energy future.

Published: 05-Jan-2014

For Mark Ruffalo, environmental activism started out with something to oppose, to be against: Fracking. It all began when the actor, perhaps best known for his role as Bruce Banner (The Hulk) in Marvel's The Avengers, was raising his three small children in the town of Callicoon, in upstate New York. At that time the Marcellus Shale fracking boom was coming on strong and was poised to expand into New York, even as the area also saw a series of staggering floods, each one seemingly more unprecedented than the last.

"That was alarming," remembers Ruffalo on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream below). "Not only alarming to me, but also alarming to all the farmers who used to make fun of me for talking about climate change and global warming."


Australian solar radiation levels.

Ronald Brakels compares coal power in Australia and solar energy based on their physical diffusion, and it turns out coal is more diffuse than solar energy.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA being disassembled for flight from Switzerland to Moffatt Field in San Francisco.

Solar-powered airplane is being assembled in California for cross-country flight to New York City starting in May with first good weather window.

Solar Impulse landing after test flight in California.

Two-hour practice flight out of Moffatt Field is in preparation for Across America solar flight set to commence May 1st.


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