May 20th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Thursday's Intriguing people

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

The actor and activist is calling on President Obama and Congress to put America back in control of its energy future. In a Huffington Post essay, Redford writes, “The American Power Act, drafted by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, is not perfect– but it is a significant step toward cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, limiting carbon pollution, and encouraging businesses to shift to clean energy sources.”

Redford explains that he worked with the Natural Re

sources Defense Council to record a new commercial asking that leaders in Washington “stand up to big oil.” Thursday marks one month since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and creating what may be one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.

The Huffington Post: Mr. President: Now Is the Time For Clean Energy

National Resources Defense Council

Mimi Sulpovar

Pakistan on Thursday blocked access to YouTube - a day after it shut down social networking site Facebook - in response to an online group calling on people to draw the Prophet Muhammad. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered operators to shut down the video-sharing site "in view of growing sacrilegious content on it," officials said in a statement.

Devout Muslims consider it offensive to depict Muhammad. There were riots around the world in 2005  in response to a series of cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

Sulpovar, who started the Facebook group, said she read about the idea on a blog after Comedy Central bleeped out part of an episode of "South Park" that mentioned the prophet.

"This is meant to be in protest," she said. "This is something I have felt strongly about for a long time: Bullying by certain Muslim groups will not be tolerated in a free country," said Sulpovar, who is American. Pakistan blocks YouTube, Facebook over 'sacrilegious content'

Floyd Landis

The American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test now admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. He also claims that other Americans did the same, including seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Landis, who has denied drug use ever since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended him from the sport for two years, sent emails to cycling officials and sponsors, saying he and other riders took synthetic blood thinners and steroids. He also called current anti-doping efforts “a charade.” Landis has presented no proof of the allegations against others.

Wall Street Journal: Cyclist Floyd Landis admits doping, alleges use by Armstrong and others

Michelle Pelton

The former student athlete from Massachusetts is scheduled to testify Thursday at a House Education Committee hearing on “The Impact of Concussions on High School Athletes.”

According to her prepared testimony, Pelton’s first two concussions occurred during junior high school basketball games. Her life changed to include hospitalization, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, lack of concentration and depression.

More sports—and more concussions—followed.

“I cannot even begin to explain the daily struggle my life has become and everything I have lost because of my concussions," she says. "No one can see my injury, but it’s there.”

Pelton, 19, doesn’t want one more student athlete to endure what she has been through. She says lawmakers need to encourage a standard policy across the country.

Sports Legacy Institute

Julian Galindo

The former Marine from Nebraska saw his dream come true. Galindo, 50, suffers from a rare degenerative brain disease. Doctors have given him a limited prognosis.

He wrote to the Dream Foundation that it was his lifelong wish to watch the Marine Corps Evening Parade and Silent Drill performance at the nation’s oldest Marine post in Washington. On May 14, shortly after Galindo and his wife, Vicky, arrived at the Marine barracks, they heard the announcement that the parade was cancelled because of rain.

While Galindo visited with Marines in the barracks, the rain let up and the clouds parted. Then, the Marines who were still there decided to get back into their event uniforms and put on a special performance just for the Galindos, who sat alone watching in the stands.

“The Marines did not receive a directive,” said Capt. Lisa Lawrence. “They independently decided to do this for Julian, their fellow Marine.”

Dream Foundation

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. fishel

    How Hollwoodesque! In a similar fashion, a man who never took one earth sciences class, in his whole academic life, is now spokesperson for global warming.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. ROB

    BILL–b/4 you say things are stupid try to read the you work in the obama administration? i said i am tired of their views being treated as being enlightened...i disagreee with his views but i defend his rights to have them.. but they are not special and carry more weight because hes acted in a couple of movies and has money..

    May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    No expertise is needed to realize – both rationally and objectively – that we need to move away from fossil fuels and newer, cleaner energy sources. RR has every right to try and use his movie star status to help effect positive change in this country. With the way the big oil and coal companies bully (and buy) our current politicians, we obviously need others to step up to the plate for the sake of sane thinking. How anyone can argue against clean energy astounds me. And Steve in CT – Sarah Palin as energy czar? Really? Really Steve? Who's spiking your water?!?

    May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    Funny how someone who made his money by playing con artists can somehow translate this into some kind of credibility when attacking 'big oil' but alas, this is the narcissism of our times.

    Hollywood – Where young men turn to old women.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      And the old men get turned on by young women (or girls, in Polanski's case).

      May 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. oxbobend

    The topic here is the reduction of our dependance on foreign oil. I live off grid producing my own electricity with solar panels and a wind generator, and storing it in a large battery bank. I've lived this way for eight years. TELL ME, what are any of you doing to make this world a better place? Come on, do something other than lip service, please.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      I'm jealous. And you are right. Most of these people are just whiners. Keep setting an example. It's a good thing.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • aranhas

      Sounds like you have a free-standing house on a decent-sized lot in a neighborhood that allows windmills and solar panels. Perhaps one-half of one percent of housing in the U.S. How would this work in Manhattan or an apartment building in Salem, Oregon?

      May 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. ficheye

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    The prophet Palin has spoken after being paid 250,000 dollars! What a patriot.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. spencer blair

    Why does dressing up and putting on makeup make actors think they have the solution to the world's problems?

    May 20, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      They don't.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Yanni

    I see two problems with our dependence on oil–it's impact on our environment and the transfer of wealth to those that fund and promote terrorism. Even people who don't think global warming is a reality ought to be able to see that we are giving money to people who hate us and who support efforts to destroy us.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • oxbobend

      @yanni You are absolutely correct. Americans are so engrossed in fighting the ideologies of other americans, that they are loosing sight of the need for us to all pull together and find soutions to these problems.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Everyone wants to forget about EV. Physics wise....yes there is still pollution, but the efficiency of the drivetrain, they won't create the need for more coal plants; They are idling so much of the time anyway. The taxes on each gal of gas we are paying with each tankful of gas, is why GOV doesn't want to switch to EV; no more taxes there and no doubt they would create them another way. And big oil, thats the richest people in the world suckng money out of our paychecks and putting it into their pockets.......we have no choice but to pull up to a pump and fill up. The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer.....our gov has some of the richest people in the USA in it; or they are all for big business, who decrease the standard of living for all Americans......not illegal immigrants, because BiG Business, and GOV want to replace us with cheaper labor........we have been, and are being SOLD OUT......I haven't seen anything getting better? Are people getting their jobs back? Where do we even have industry to make or produce anything?

    May 20, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. OldGoat

    redford is just another environmental whacko with endless complaints but no solutions. He's against just about any energy source that is an alternative to petroleum. Why is it Hollywood actors think they are experts on everything? Most aren't experts on anything except shooting off their mouths.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fingerz

    What a bunch of Sloths.... Someone has to stand up and say something besides fill er up.... What do you people do besides complain and knock on RR for? SOS here all the losers congregate to whine about someones success. Try to look through your own ignorance and see the message he is trying to get out.... Geez I hate reading the Loser comments you dummys post... Go Back and finish School!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Yanni

      And you certainly added to the quality of the discussion. Talk about losers.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Yanni

      BTW have someone check your grammar and use of punctuation before you call others ignorant.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      Also, may I suggest you sign up for remedial English classes?

      May 20, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    What Redford thinks about national energy policy is not newsworhy. Who really cares what he thinks?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. CATom

    Thanks for your opinon. It means so much to all of us.....

    ps – I think you do a great job on that 40rock show very funny.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Henry Miller

    “The American Power a significant step toward cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, limiting carbon pollution, and encouraging businesses to shift to clean energy sources.”

    Let me guess: This involves sending a lot more money to Washington in the form of new taxes, fees, licences and so on. Why is it that everything government wants the country to do always looks like a get-rich-quick scheme for government?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |

    I'll listen to what Mr. Redford has to say. He's speaking as a concerned citizen. But when other Hollywood types speak, Sean Penn, George Clooney and the rest of the looneys in tinsel town utter a word, I simply wish they would get their fat, spoiled asses out of the country. Mr. Redford is so far removed from the looney-liberal left of Hollywood that he deserves to be taken seriously, and to be listened to. Kudo's to him....shame on the others!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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