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Santa Monica Resident To Lobby Congress For Climate Change

Santa Monica's Laura Matthews is heading to Washington, D.C. to press for action on climate change.
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Santa Monica's Laura Matthews is heading to Washington, D.C. to press for action on climate change.

Posted Jul. 16, 2012, 8:44 am

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica resident Laura Matthews is heading to Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to take effective steps to stop climate change.

Matthews will first attend the Citizens Climate Lobby 2012 International Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 22–24 to hear from many expert speakers, including renowned global economist Jeffrey Sachs.

Matthews is a volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby, which is asking Congress to enact legislation that will place a revenue-neutral fee on carbon-based fuels, thereby accelerating the shift to clean energy and energy efficiency.

Volunteers coming to Washington will meet with 300 congressional offices, including Representative Henry Waxman's staff, to press for a bi-partisan bill.

Recent flooding in Minnesota and Florida and wildfires in Colorado and other states underscore the urgency to reduce levels of greenhouse gases before the global warming process spirals out of control.

Matthews hopes to form a group of concerned citizens in Santa Monica upon her return.

“These disasters are all part of the hidden cost of burning fossil fuels,” Matthews said. “If those costs are reflected in the price of coal, oil and gas, we can end our addiction to carbon-based energy and preserve a livable world for future generations. That’s the message we’re taking to Washington.”

If you'd like to get involved, please contact her at

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Jul. 17, 2012, 12:16:27 am

wolflen said... question..if we stop using carbon based energy..floods..wildfires and heatwaves will be a thing of the past..oh..and your not using carbon-based transportation to go to DC ..right?

Jul. 17, 2012, 6:49:42 am

Arthur Christopher Schaper said...

Washington will produce more bipartisan legislation when the residents of the 33rd Congressional District remove the hyper-partisan Henry Waxman from office once and for all. The LA-based Congressman is one of the most left-leaning legislators in Congress, second only to Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Besides, we need more attention to cutting the spending and limiting government, then we can talk about global warming. Change the climate in Congress first! Retire Waxman November 6!

Jul. 20, 2012, 3:17:59 am

Dee said...

I'd like to get involved by telling her to stop already--even the climate change scientists are changing their tunes about man-made climate change. Unless she's ready to return to the stone age, fossil fuels aren't going anywhere for a long time to come, if ever. I suspect that somehow, these magical thinking global warming alarmists think that the modern world will work without carbon based fossil fuels. Is she planning to take a plane to Washington? Hypocrite. Or is this more of the "for thee but not for me" mentality that expects the rabble (that'd be you and me) to live with their draconian rules while they (see Al Gore's carbon footprint, for example) live large on traditional fuels. Alt fuels are nowhere near ready for prime time, and even the green solutions we have (battery based cars, solar cells, etc.) depend on heavy use of polluting materials to manufacture--oh, wait, it's that NIMBY thing again--as long as you pollute over there in Asia, we don't care and we congratulate ourselves on green energy. Such hypocrisy. Sorry, I'm sick of it.... and I agree with both wolflen and Arthur Christopher Schaper below.

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