Video: Robert Redford, environmental hypocrite?

posted at 3:00 pm on January 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ann McIlhenny and Phelim McAleer, the producers of the feature-length documentary Not Evil Just Wrong that exposed many false global-warming claims of environmentalists — and the damage done by them — have decided to focus on short films that look at the individual hypocrisies of environmental activists. In their latest edition, they feature Robert Redford, who used the earnings from his film career to buy a large preserve in Utah, a vineyard in Napa Valley, and a reputation for environmental activism. Only McIlhenney and McAleer note that the activism seems to be the do-as-I-say variety:

Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation. The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.

The double standard is revealed in a short film Robert Redford Hypocrite which has just been released.

Film director Ann McElhinney said the film is not criticising Redford for selling his property.

“It is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. I am delighted that those houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is shocking that Mr Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs.”

The film’s co-director Phelim McAleer said the film was highlighting the double standards of so many celebrities and environmentalists. “This is just another example of environmental elites telling the rest of us how and where we must live and what we are not allowed to do, but thinking that those rules don’t apply to themselves. Robert Redford has shown himself to be a hypocrite – plain and simple,” said McAleer.

The film – released on YouTube – also shows how Redford has campaigned against “dirty fuels” and wants to end the use of oil whilst promoting flying by doing lucrative voice overs for a series of United Airlines commercials.

Actually, if you want a Sundance home, better get your $1.97 million together quickly; they only have two lots left.  One is almost two acres; the other just under one.  In contrast, when environmentalists wanted to build “eco-homes” (with presumably slightly smaller footprints and price tags) near his Napa Valley vineyard, he organized to stop them:

Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford has stepped out against the controversial Angwin eco-village, announcing that he will join the local group Save Rural Angwin.

An eight-year resident of the Napa Valley, Redford will serve on SRA’s 13-member Advisory Council, leading the group in its efforts to defeat the eco-village proposal.

“I believe that the citizens of Napa Valley, from American Canyon to Calistoga, care about preserving our beautiful agricultural and rural heritage,” Redford said in a prepared statement. “That is why I am happy to join the Advisory Council of Save Rural Angwin in its efforts to preserve this naturally carved land-basin from development.”

The San Francisco Chronicle pointed out the NIMBYism, as well as the fact that the eco-home project would have provided around 40 units of “affordable housing” to the Napa area and a hundred assisted-living units:

Robert Redford, who was in town last week to accept movie plaudits at the San Francisco International Film Festival, has done more than his fair share to raise awareness of the sustainability agenda. But he recently faced a thorny green issue in his very own backyard.

Redford, who has lived in Napa for the past eight years, has lent his not inconsiderable support to a campaign that opposes a proposed eco-friendly housing development on 63 acres in the wine country village of Angwin.

If approved, the Angwin Ecovillage would consist of 275 housing units, 15% of which would be affordable, and a 105-unit retirement/assisted living center. Green features include solar energy, wastewater reuse, an electric car-sharing program and an organic farm cooperative.

Lending his voice to United Airlines certainly must have been a lucrative deal for Redford, too, but as the film points out, Redford has been railing against Big Oil for years.   In May 2006, he wrote a cliched, insubstantial piece for CNN urging the US to “kick the oil habit”:

Today the American people are way out in front of our leaders. We’re ready to face our toughest national challenges, and we deserve new and forward-looking solutions and leadership.

The recent surge in gas prices has touched a raw nerve for many around the country, reminding us of an economy that is increasingly uncertain for the middle-class, a growing addiction to oil that draws us ever closer to dictators and despots, and a fragile global position with a climate that is increasingly out of balance. I believe America is ready to kick the oil habit and launch a new movement for real solutions and a better future.

Something is happening all across the country. People are coming together and demanding new answers. A grassroots movement is gathering today to promote solutions, like renewable fuels, clean electricity, more efficient cars, and green buildings that use less energy — all of which are exciting alternatives that rebuild our communities even as they cut pollution and create good jobs. And, when people come together to invest themselves in building a better future, we are not only helping to solve our energy crisis, but we are taking back our democracy itself.

Is Redford aware that United Airlines jets use oil-based fuel, just like every other airline?  If they write a big enough check, does he care?


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What a loathsome scumbag…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Ever seen the crowds that show up in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, the entire city is basically one giant traffic jam and the private jets lined up at local airports are parked wingtip to wingtip.

Bishop on January 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Tool

pain train on January 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Not only is he a self-serving hypocrite, he was way overrated as an actor.

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

the private jets lined up at local airports are parked wingtip to wingtip.

Bishop on January 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Surely you don’t expect people in the industry to be scanned or fondled on their journey like us peons, do you? /s

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

he was way overrated as an actor.

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

He had the range of Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Typical Hollywood Limo Jet-setting Liberal… Preaches at thee while taking a fee. Phony to the core. Many Hollywood film makers are now taking their business off American shores so that they can operate more freely from the very regulations they have preached upon the masses. As always in the case in any business, you must make a profit in order to maintain “open business” status. These people are far worse than a simple hypocrite. I’m glad to see this story get some traction.

Keemo on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

To the leftists lying and talking out of both sides of their mouths is “The Natural” thing to do.

50sGuy on January 30, 2011 at 3:13 PM

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Hahaha, you’re too generous. Newman pretty much made his whole career.

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Hey, he peddles this crap because it is the only way to get laid by ignorant starlets.

Inanemergencydial on January 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Redford alone could power a small eco-village with all the methane his bullshjt gives off.

abobo on January 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

With the ego this man sports, it would be a beautiful thing to see this story at the top of the Drudge report. The man would sizzle on the frying pan knowing some 25 million people are reading about what a POS hypocrite he is.

Come on Matt….

Keemo on January 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Guess this means Ann McIlhenny and Phelim McAleer won’t be getting any invitations to attend the Sundance Film Festival anytime in the distant future.

But there are still some rather serious questions raised here that I think Robert Redford owes some people answers to.

pilamaye on January 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

This needs to be as big a story as Bono and his charity fraud charges. What a bunch of phonies.

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Who cares what this old grandma thinks?

RedNewEnglander on January 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

You mean Redford is a hyper-arrogant, greedy, leftist jackass? I’m shocked. Sounds like he fits the profile of 99% of Hollywood.

Remember this? James Cameron – Hypocrite

Django on January 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

He had the range of Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Ouch! lol

Fallon on January 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

the eco-home project would have provided around 40 units of “affordable housing” to the Napa area and a hundred assisted-living units:

The very LAST thing the economically snobby and upwardly mobile population of Napa Valley wants is the plebian stain of “affordable housing.” (Oh, the very stench of it!/sarc)

As for the ‘assisted-living units’…why those belong, not in our tony, upscale Napa, but in lowly Lancaster or somewhere down south in Bakersfield.

It’s not just Redford, but the whole ‘caste’ of social elite leftists that publicly SAY they want social equality, but privately want to keep the old or less well-heeled ‘riff-raff’ out of their personal playgrounds.

marybel on January 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Annoy your Leftist friends! Ask them some time why Redford got thrown out of college.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM

never forget that socialists can not stand the middle class, their religion denies the possibility of our existence. They would rather murder by the millions, rather than admit to our existence.

Slowburn on January 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Redford promised he would move from the US if Bush got reelected.

He Lied, as usual.

Kini on January 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM

The film’s co-director Phelim McAleer said the film was highlighting the double standards of so many celebrities and environmentalists.

Well, at least they are consistent. Consistent hypocrites. And as far as the Napa Valley goes – Everyone knows what AFFORDABLE HOUSING means. They’re all for the ‘common man’ and ‘diversity’, but those folks gotta know their place. They won’t “feel comfortable” in Napa. Just ask Nancy Pelosi.

GarandFan on January 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Typical Liberal…

… Just like Obowma, Gore, Bono, et al,

Proof that when you surround yourself with people that tell you that your sh%t doesn’t stink…

… You actually start to believe it.

Seven Percent Solution on January 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Hammer Meet Nail. Lifted from Jon Voight’s facebook page…
“The Vast Right Wing Complacency” from boiling the frogs…

Challenges conservatives—incenses libs

deedtrader on January 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

We lumpenproles are supposed to be meekly grateful that super-smart “elites” like Robert Redford even bother themselves with thinking up rules to impose on us. It’s crazy to expect them to live by the same ones.

Cicero43 on January 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Liberals cloak themselves in principles insofar as it helps them and them only.

ted c on January 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM

But gosh. He’s an actor! And actors know everything.

BowHuntingTexas on January 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Ann and Phelim should write some ads for the ’12 elections… I’m sure Obama is a rich source of fuel

MeatHeadinCA on January 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Environmentalism and is all about ego and especially control.

And as for his fighting the development near his home: NIMBYism is out of control in this country. It’s shocking what goes on in local zoning hearings.

forest on January 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

It will be news when you find a famous, rich environmentalist who puts his money where his mouth is.

Remember the wind farms off of Massachusetts? Cronkite & the Kennedys objecting?

INC on January 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

But gosh. He’s anhas-been actor!

BowHuntingTexas on January 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

FIFY.

bayview on January 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

The Sting Stink

Shy Guy on January 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Of course he’s a hypocrite, he’s a environmentalist/ communist they are all one.

mmcnamer1 on January 30, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Why do they do this? They must understand how stupid it is to do one thing and say another.

When I was at the Aquarium a few weeks ago… it was total environmental propaganda in one area… but at the same time it is zoo.

They railed against beef because of the CO2… yet one main alternative to beef would be to eat more fish. Yet they complained about the harm commercial fishing was doing…

It is all so internally inconsistent.

petunia on January 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

He also serves dead vegetables, dead animals, dead grains.

http://www.sundanceresort.com/dine/foundry_dinner.html

gooddad on January 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I’m certain Mr. REDford researched United Airlines aircraft and only did the voice-overs after being assured that the UA aircraft are powered by high grade unicorn flatulence. And denying peons the privilege of raping Mother GAIA is the burden to be borne by the anointed, so it’s only fitting that he keep the scum out of HIS neighborhood. The hypocrisy of those in the Democrat/EnviroNAZI/Marxist/Progressive/Socialist movement should not come as a surprise to anyone possessing the mental capabilities greater than those of the average three year old. Which, I suppose, eliminates your average Leftist.

Earth First!

oldleprechaun on January 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Bleed’n Heart Do-Gooder!

canopfor on January 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Hammer Meet Nail. Lifted from Jon Voight’s facebook page…
“The Vast Right Wing Complacency” from boiling the frogs…

Challenges conservatives—incenses libs

deedtrader on January 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Excellent!

redridinghood on January 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

“Waiting for Superman” got snubbed by the Oscars. No doubt anything made by McIlhenney and McAleer will be ignored as well.

Time for Andrew Breitbart to start a Conservative film festival. He should buy some rural piece of land out west and build a retreat and call it “Crosshairs”.

ardenenoch on January 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I don’t mind that Redford does whatever he wants with his money. He’s rich. He earned it. Ish.
BUT he like so many of his set needs to stop lecturing others about environmentalism/politics/etc. He can certainly have opinions about them, but guess what? No one cares.

And it certainly doesn’t surprise me that he’s a big fat hypocrite. Not even a little bit.

mjk on January 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

A neighboring county tried a NIMBY when an outfit wanted to build a ranch for “troubled” youth. No one in the area was for it; so the county made unreasonable demands for approving the project. The developers just won a multi million dollar judgement against the county for discrimination against the disabled (because some of the kids would have been diagnosed with mental disorders.) Now the county may go bankrupt.

So, I would suggest that the project in question sue on the same basis. Don’t want to allow an assisted living facility and low income housing next to your fancy shmantzy Napa neighborhood? Get sued for violating the civil rights of minorities and the handicapped. Oh, and how many of the residents of those eco-homes would be patients who need medical marijuana? See, you are against sick people!

spudmom on January 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Joy Behar Riding Her Bicycle To Work

Nearly Nobody on January 30, 2011 at 5:41 PM

The EPA czars are busy behind the scenes. Did anyone read Mona Charen’s article this week about why your dishwasher doesn’t clean your dishes any more? I’ve noticed it and keep telling my husband my nearly new dishwasher isn’t cleaning the dishes. They have soap scum, dried clumps of soap, and they’re still dirty. I’m glad to know now it isn’t my dishwasher, but the EPA who have quitely nearly eliminated the phosphorus in it that “strips food and grease off dirty dishes and breaks down calcium-based stains.” It also prevents food from reattaching to the dishes. It is nasty, unsanitary, and I can taste the soap scum and whatever else is stuck to it. What else are they eliminating on their own behind the scenes? Why do they get to make these rules and force the rest of us to live by them? We outnumber these idiots!

silvernana on January 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The great unwashed must be forbidden the fruits of the great Napa Valley at all costs! Redford leads the charge! Hero of the left!

scalleywag on January 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Why do they do this? They must understand how stupid it is to do one thing and say another….

petunia on January 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Because they are rightly confident that their supporters in the liberal media will not report their hypocrisy.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Why do they get to make these rules and force the rest of us to live by them? We outnumber these idiots!

silvernana on January 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Because they’re better than us. Just accept it.
/s

BowHuntingTexas on January 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Too bad Paul Newman isn’t here to kick his ass.

FlatFoot on January 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM

(I posted this at MM – it may be worth repeating here)

Several years ago, on a business trip in Utah, I stopped for lunch at Bob’s Sundance resort.

I had lunch at this dining room, suitably named The Tree Room because it was built around an existing huge tree.

Surprise – the tree had died because building the restaurant over the tree’s roots had killed the tree.

The trunk’s bark was still nice, though, and gave a pleasing and authentic “earth tone” look to the decor.

On the other hand, back in the 1950′s, we used to go to The Robbin’s Nest in NH, built around several trees (way before Redford could spell ecosystem) – all living well after the restaurant had been built. The owners were probably selfish capitalists and made sure their bread and butter namesake stayed alive.

fred5678 on January 30, 2011 at 7:35 PM

You know its too bad that conservatives don’t have unemployed, ugly, and stupid scumbags like the liberals who can go protest his crap.

Mirimichi on January 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM

You mean Redford is a hyper-arrogant, greedy, leftist jackass? I’m shocked. Sounds like he fits the profile of 99% of Hollywood.

Remember this? James Cameron – Hypocrite

Django on January 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Together we thrive: Hollywood Libs

TN Mom on January 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I say we all go “Egyptian” on these a..holes!

CCRWM on January 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Ask Redford about his freaking solar powered chairlifts at Sundance.

And then ask him how they groom the slopes with their windmill powered cats.

Redford can shove it up his eco-ass.

drjohn on January 30, 2011 at 10:07 PM

silvernana on January 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Re DW detergent, pick up a box of TSP -Trisodium Phosphate at Home Depot. Add a teaspoon of it to the the new stuff per load. It replaces the phosphates.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Re DW detergent, pick up a box of TSP -Trisodium Phosphate at Home Depot. Add a teaspoon of it to the the new stuff per load. It replaces the phosphates.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Thanks for the tip!

silvernana on January 31, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Lolz. I’m not sure who Robert Redford is without googling him.

bitsy on January 31, 2011 at 4:47 AM

Hey, he peddles this crap because it is the only way to get laid by ignorant starlets.

Inanemergencydial on January 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Inanemergencydial,

Your comment made me laugh.

Thanks.

William2006 on January 31, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Lolz. I’m not sure who Robert Redford is without googling him.

bitsy on January 31, 2011 at 4:47 AM

Very funny, Bitsy.

I think Robert Redford is a guy who met with success after he pretended to be a gun slinging cowboy who robbed people and killed people.

His character was “The Sundance Kid.” He made the guy seem likeable, rather than make audiences hate the thief-murderer.

I think he named the film festival “Sundance” because of the “character” he portrayed, rather than for the name of a town.

Don’t you just love having morals and values dictated to you by left wing, socialist morons (Obama?) who live like capitalist fat cats, earning tons of money for little to no skill – luck – like winning a lottery, while your values are peed on and crapped on, and totally disrespected and ignorend?

William2006 on January 31, 2011 at 5:17 AM

Welcome to the 21st century. My barely political ex-girlfriend was well aware of Redford’s environmentalist hypocrisy ten years ago, which means it was old news back then.

Cylor on January 31, 2011 at 5:19 AM

He had the range of Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves.

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

So true. Every character he played was Robert Redford, liberal douchebag.

Jaibones on January 31, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Environmentalist is proven to be raging hypocrite. Dog bites man.

ZK on January 31, 2011 at 8:10 AM

So when is the relelation that Robert Redford is a flaming douche big news?

Like John Denver while during the early 70′s campaigned against people driving gasoline powered cars, was discovered to have a 3000 gallon gasoline tank on his property. Enough to drive his Porshe around the world… Twice.

Actors make a living pretending to be someone other than themselves. Don’t be surprised when they fail to walk the walk.

Kuffar on January 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM

As said above, this is old news. I live in Utah, and we all know about Redfords hypocrisy. To get to Sundance Resort, you have to go up Provo Canyon. It was a nice, winding, 2 lane road. Well, what with Park City and other mountain communities exploding in population, the state decided to expand Provo Canyon into a nice 4 lane divided highway, making it much safer. So they went to work, going from the bottom of the canyon up. Suddenly, just after the state had gone past the Sundance turnoff, and made a nice easy road up to there, Redford discovered how “dangerous” widening a road was and sued to stop the construction. So the upper half of the canyon sat for 5 years while they fought it out. It was only the fact that the road went across a dam and for security reasons needed to be moved that we finally got the road finished– actually, they are still working on parts of it. But Redford got his better traffic all right.

Hypocrite. For some reason, he doesn’t associate much with the hoi polloi here in Utah. I think most of us despise him.

Vanceone on January 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

This video is as weak as Redford’s last 20 movies.

Labamigo on January 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

If approved, the Angwin Ecovillage would consist of 275 housing units, 15% of which would be affordable, and a 105-unit retirement/assisted living center. Green features include solar energy, wastewater reuse, an electric car-sharing program and an organic farm cooperative.

So who would buy or rent the 85% of non-affordable housing units? Redford’s rich buddies?

Ever seen the crowds that show up in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, the entire city is basically one giant traffic jam and the private jets lined up at local airports are parked wingtip to wingtip.

Bishop on January 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

You mean they didn’t fly in 200 at a time on United Airlines commercial jets? Redford is not only a carbon pig, he’s a lousy salesman!

Steve Z on January 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

The most (likely unintentionally) honest line Redford has ever delivered in his career as an actor was his line at the end of the movie “The Candidate”, when, after he’d bamboozled enough voters to be elected as a Senator on what was basically a “Hope-N-Changey” unspecific platform. He confronted his ‘campaign manager’, looking totally lost, and said “Now what?”, utterly confounded and clueless.

Which pretty well sums it up for Redford himself (when he strays beyond acting, or making scads of cash off trendy suckers), or the vast majority of our modern ‘political class’.

Wind Rider on January 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Nearly Nobody on January 30, 2011 at 5:41 PM

A little warning, please.

There’s just not enough eye bleach for that.

Solaratov on January 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I’ve changed my mind. I now favor Cap and Trade and Carbon Caps in general, as long as:

A) The caps are equally applied to all citizens, with zero exceptions

B) The money from carbon indulgences offsets are divided up as tax refunds and sent back out to taxpayers.

The rich hypocrite blowhards can spend extra to power their houses, and we will be paid amply for having to listen to them.

HitNRun on January 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM