By Katie LaPotin & Laura Byrne, Red Alert Politics, February 13, 2012
They were some of President Barack Obama’s biggest supporters during the 2012 presidential election, and now they’re getting their just desserts. Obama cowtailed to his friends out in Hollywood during his State of the Union address last night, promising to prioritize climate change over the next few years.
This unexpected policy focus likely stems from a full-page ad printed in The Hill Monday featuring a letter signed by several celebrities, including Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, actor Morgan Freeman, and singer Jason Mraz. The letter was also signed by leaders from several prominent progressive organizations, including the Sierra Club and the NAACP.
The letter was also printed in advance of a rally sponsored by the Sierra Club on the national mall in Washington, D.C. this weekend. The Forward on Climate rally, which will draw attention to stopping global warming and preventing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in America’s heartland, is being billed as ”the largest climate rally in the history of the United States.”
Many of the signatories from Monday’s letter are expected to show up, giving it the potential to be the most star-studded climate rally in the history of the U.S., if not the largest.
Global warming and climate change awareness have long been priorities for Hollywood’s elite. They openly embraced former Vice President Al Gore’s push for climate change awareness, even giving him an Academy Award for his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Celebrities have also taken to their soapboxes to protest the use of hydraulic fracturing – more commonly referred to as fracking – in recent months. Recently the movie Promised Land, which was written by and stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, brought attention to the controversial practice. Actor Mark Ruffalo, who lives in the Marcellus Shale region of New York, is also very outspoken on the issue and has also sponsored protests in different towns throughout the region.