Another Hollywood production: smog
Hollywood is creating a film of a different kind over Greater Los Angeles: smog, soot and greenhouse gases, according to a UCLA report due out today.
The report found that the film and television industry emits a whopping 140,000 tons a year of ozone and diesel particulate pollutant emissions from trucks, generators, special effects earthquakes and fires, demolition of sets with dynamite and other sources.
"Given the importance of the movie and TV industry in Southern California, we thought this was something the public should know," said Mary Nichols, head of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Nichols, a law professor and past secretary of the California Resources Agency, said researchers found that although individual productions and studios are taking steps to minimize environmental damage, the industry's "structure and culture hamper the pace of improvements."
The report noted, for instance, that dozens of contractors with different practices work on a single set, making it tough to regulate.
Industry representatives reached late Monday said they had not seen the report, but said they were concerned about environmentally sound practices.
Maybe some of these liberal blowhards in Hollywood will take a look in their own backyard before throwing stones at ours?