The premiere of the Bourne Ultimatum raised money for children with disabilities or medical problems, but Matt Damon took a moment to chat about the environment, according to ecorazzi.
"You hear actors huff and puff about global warming, but you''ll go on a movie set and see like 8,000 Styrofoam cups laying around," the star was quoted as saying. Damon has supported a variety of charity causes, including Project Phin, a campaign to pressure congress to improve the fuel efficiency of the nation's vehicle fleet and to get oil companies to invest in alternative fuel infrastructure like E-85 (that's 85% ethanol biofuel gasoline) filling stations.
"Currently, there are 4.4 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road, but only 1,000-plus service stations that sell e85 - many of them concentrated in a handful of Midwestern states. California, for instance, has 250,000 flex-fuel cars but only two stations that sell the fuel. New Jersey has 116,000 flex-fuel cars and no stations that sell e85. New York has 170,000 flex-fuel cars and only two stations," according to the Project Phin site.
"In other words, flex-fuel cars provide little reduction in oil use or global warming pollution because they rarely run on e85. The House should make Big Oil sell e85 at a certain portion of service stations so that flex-fuel cars can run cleaner." Joining Damon on the project are pal Ben Affleck and Jason Biggs, Jennifer Garner, Tobin Bell (described by Phin as "the scary guy in the SAW movies"), Jenny Wade and Joshua Jackson.
Project Phin is a project of the Clean My Ride/Flex My Fuel campaign, which is part of the Think Progress campaign, which is run by the Center For American Progress Action Fund. If that sounds confusing, maybe that's why the campaign lined up big celebrities to help it get the word out. The point is that the nation needs more alternative fueled and efficient vehicles on the road and a better national energy policy that will help ween us off foreign oil and curb global warming emissions. And Matt Damon is a supporter.
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