Actor Matt Damon recently told Playboy magazine that he has little hope that politicians can deal with long-term environmental issues because they are too concerned about the next election cycle, reports Politico.com.
Damon said: “We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues. Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office."
“So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested. There’s a consensus among scientists, though, that we face serious long-term issues. They’re saying that unless we engage with those issues, we’re genuinely f*cked. The way it looks, we’re going to wait until one of those big issues smacks us.”
“They’re debating about letting [fracking] happen in New York now. To us, the movie was really about American identity. We loved the characters because they felt like real people making the kinds of compromises you have to just to live your life.”
Damon is starring in the new movie 'Promised Land,' which is about the environmental controversy surrounding fracking.