Mark Ruffalo, known to many for his recent role in Marvel's "The Avengers," and resident of Sullivan County, NY has been a strong advocate against hydrofracking in New York State. Ruffalo co-founded the non-profit organization Water Defense, which has brought greater awareness and built an advocacy network for those standing up against the practice. On Friday, Ruffalo announced that he officially endorses Nate Shinagawa, Democratic candidate for New York's 23rd Congressional District.
"It seemed natural for me to back a candidate who has taken the right stance on environmental issues and is up against an opponent who heads the pro-fracking movement in Congress," Ruffalo said. "Nate's opponent is running a campaign funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars from the natural gas industry, with little to no concern about the beauty and preservation of our land and water."
Shinagawa, who is running in a district that spans New York's Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, says, "There is so much to lose by allowing this kind of fracking on our lands. Whether it's poisoning our water supply or damaging local infrastructure that leads to unnecessary tax hikes, it's not right for New York State, and it's not right for the United States."
The Sierra Club has also endorsed Shinagawa's campaign. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is one of the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organizations in the country. The organization announced its endorsement for Shinagawa because of his commitment and record of protecting the environment in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region.
"There are so many threats to the natural resources of our region. We need someone in Congress will work to protect and coexist with our environment, not exploit it. I am very excited and honored to have Mark Ruffalo and the Sierra Club backing my campaign. I think we will be a great team to take on the corporate interests behind the pro-fracking lobby," Shinagawa said.