Looks like the darling of the of the far right wing is going green.
It may sound like a publicity stunt, but Fox spokesman Chris Anderson says the network isn't after bigger ratings. "We are publicizing '24's' commitment to climate change for two reasons and two reasons only: to inspire the public to take global warming seriously and hopefully to motivate other studios to make changes to their production practices as well," he says.
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The show's electricity bills will go toward renewable-energy credits that will bring a share of wind, solar and water power to Los Angeles's grid. A diesel-powered soundstage will be converted to electricity, thus lessening the show's contribution to the local air pollution problem, and the show's five location scouts will be given Priuses to drive. Scripts, schedules and memos -- which used to be hand-delivered by car -- will be sent via e-mail.
The "24" page at Fox.com now features energy conservation tips and a public service announcement about global warming featuring Kiefer Sutherland; more information will be posted when the show airs in January. Plus, climate change will be incorporated into the series' plot (which just might scare some viewers into taking action).
But what if that action is changing the channel? As noted here, here, here, and here, Jack Bauer is the n'est plus ultra of wing-nut heroes. (I love to speak French when I talk about wing-nuts. Drive's 'em crazy.) Will they still idolize him when he starts talking like a dirty hippy?
What ever will Jack Bauer enthusiast and global warming skeptic Tom Tancredo say? Stay tuned.