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Singer James Taylor is taking a stand against fracking in a television ad for an environmental group.
The singer, known for his soulful song “Carolina In My Mind,” is speaking out against fracking, the drilling practice that makes it possible to reach natural gas. The North Carolina General Assembly is looking at fracking, regulations and what companies will be granted permits. The process is widely criticized by environmentalists as harmful to the environment.
According to the Associated Press, the Natural Resources Defense Council said Taylor will be appearing in a TV ad to show support for its stance against fracking. The ad will be shown for at least two weeks.
Taylor is in a long line of celebrities to combat fracking. According to the Huffington Post, Marisa Tomei, Darren Criss, Lance Bass, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Hayden Panettiere, and Wilmer Valderrama all appeared in an anti-fracking campaign last fall.
Taylor has won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “You’ve Got a Friend” and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “How’s the World Treating You.” He grew up in North Carolina, claiming Chapel Hill as his hometown. He now lives in Massachusetts.