694: Matthew Matern, part 1: Running for President on Sustainability

June 20, 2023 by Joshua
in Podcast

Matt invited me to his podcast, A Climate Change. We stayed in touch after recording. He shared that he ran for President, including supporting sustainability. A goal of this podcast is to bring elected officials of all stripes. While he didn’t get that many votes, he ran for several reasons, including to run as a Republican opposing Donald Trump. Listen to our conversation to learn more of his motivation.

I wanted to bring him here not for the campaign alone but for his acting with integrity and character, even if not a huge campaign. How many pro-sustainability, anti-Trump Republicans do you know of? I saw determination arising from personal action.

I also learned he’s trying some things, like buying a hydrogen-powered car. My research shows the science and engineering showing hydrogen cars won’t work for most of what we use cars for, nor trucks, planes, or container ships, but he’s acting on his values, not just pointing fingers. He will learn from the experience.

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