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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Celebvocate: Mark Ruffalo voices caution on gas drilling

By The Reliable Source

Mark Ruffalo speaks during the Safe Drinking Water Act press conference on Capital Hill, 2011. (Kris Connor/Getty)

Every day, it seems, Hollywood sends another moonlighting expert to reinforce the ranks of D.C.'s policy people. Thursday's celebvocate: Mark Ruffalo.

Venue: The "House Triangle" -- a tiny patch of sod on the East side of the Capitol.

Cause: The environmental risks of natural-gas drilling.

Bona Fides: Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee (as the sperm-donor in "The Kids Are Alright"); Catskills resident concerned about keeping the water supply potable.

Wingmen: Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.); Josh Fox, director of Best Documentary nominee "Gasland."

What he wants: For gas companies to disclose what chemicals they're pumping into the ground.

How he looked: Suited up and de-scruffed for Washington, but otherwise the same pensive emo dreamboat you see on the screen. Kept his hands tucked into his suit pockets until it was time to hit the podium, reports our colleague Aaron Leitko.

Soundbite: "I moved my family to the Catskills because I wanted to give them a clean life and let them see what a tree looked like. As a father I don't want my kids to be poisoned."

By The Reliable Source  | February 17, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
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I don't want my kids denied a seat at UVA because the school yearns to collect out-of-state tuition dollars while accepting state subsidies paid for by Virginia parents. Does that make me an expert on college admissions? Please tell me it does.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 18, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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