Ian Somerhalder Discusses the Election's Impact on the Environment

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As Damon Salvatore, Ian Somerhalder plays the elder and more dastardly of two vampire brothers in the hit drama, The Vampire Diaries. In real life Somerhalder may be a Hollywood hottie, but he isn’t known for superstar shenanigans and mayhem – rather, Somerhalder spends much of his spare time working on behalf of animals and the environment.

In 2010, he launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to "educate, empower and collaborate with people and projects who positively impact our planet and its creatures." (Get the whole scoop here, 7 Ways Ian Somarhalder Proves Green is Sexy.) And while other stars may be walking red carpets, Somerhalder is writing op-eds. Go, Ian!

In an essay for The Daily Beast last week, Somerhalder talks about the impact of dirty energy money on clean energy policy, and makes a plea to voters to choose candidates who will protect the environment.

He explains that:

In the first three months of this year alone, 81 percent of the attack ads against President Obama were on energy and environment issues. And you can guess which (fossil fuel) companies paid for those. Analysts expect the total dollars spent in this election will surpass a record $7 billion—yes, with a “b”—before all is said and done.

That kind of money buys a lot of misinformation, and the organizations spending that cash are aiming to roll back clean energy solutions like vehicle fuel efficiency standards, pollution controls on power plants, and wind and solar innovation.

Good points, to be sure. Somerhalder also urges voters to learn the facts about candidates’ environmental voting records through tools like the Sierra Club’s Voter Guide.

You can read the whole piece, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Ian Somerhalder on America’s Energy Crisis, over at The Daily Beast.

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