Baldwin calls on US to act on green energy
Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's UN climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.
The Emmy award- winning actor spoke at a reception to celebrate the launch of a book entitled Addressing Climate Change, featuring the work of award-winning English photographer Henry Dallal, who attended the launch.
"We've been talking about this for 25 years," Baldwin said.
"We need to learn the lessons that other people are learning - no nukes, less coal ... reduce, reduce, not eliminate."
He singled out Germany's increasing use of solar and wind power.
Baldwin made clear his opposition to fracking, which involves injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground rocks to release oil and gas - even if it does lead the US to energy independence.
"For me energy independence comes from renewables," he said.
"We have to fan those flames ... and teach another generation of young people that this is the vital issue - renewable energy," he said.
Baldwin will soon be flying to London t to start filming Mission Impossible Part 5 with Tom Cruise, in which he will be playing the director of the CIA.
"Me the director of the CIA?," he asked. "I think it's perfect!"