It has nearly been a year since David Letterman decided to call it quits and retire his long-running spot as host of The Late Show to do two important things: grow a magnificent beard and fight climate change.
The snarky and always sarcastic comedian is apparently teaming up with National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously. The very popular Nat Geo show has courted other celebrities to host, but Letterman is the biggest to date.
For his first episode, Letterman travels to India to figure out just how one of the most populous countries will supply power in the 21st century. Here’s a clue: it’s not how we in ‘Murica do it.
The former Late Show host appears in the show’s teaser video, where he can be seen fondling an array of solar panels.
“I’ve created, excuse the expression, kind of a love affair with this,” he says serenely. “Think about the coal-fired, dangerous, smoke-belching generating plants, and then you look at this and it’s friendly. There’s something very appealing about this, and it’s smooth. Look at it: I can touch it and it’s safe. I put my head right there on it.”
The comedian has always been a huge advocate for the environment and safe alternatives to fossil fuel. For example, he once went off on a beautiful tangent against fracking – the controversial process that involves pumping millions of gallons of water and sand into the earth to break apart the shale and release the gas.
“The Delaware Water Gap has been ruined. The Hudson Valley has been ruined. Most of Pennsylvania has been ruined. Virginia, West Virginia has been ruined. Colorado has been ruined. New Mexico has been ruined. All by the greedy oil and gas companies of this country,” said Letterman during a taping of the Late Show in 2012.
Well, it looks like he’s now walking the walk.
Watch the teaser below:
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