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Malibu rallies: no LNG

Pierce Brosnan's little shindig to protest the proposed LNG terminal drew well over a thousand people to Bluffs Park in Malibu last night, no small feat for a Friday. They stuffed a donation box with cash and checks, bought t-shirts and postcards. PCH was lined with hundreds of cars. Cops zealously patrolled the area, pulling people over for the smallest infraction. So 1960s.

The crowd took up most of a baseball field for the screening of "An Inconvenient Truth," lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and Blackberries by their sides. Most stayed through the entire film, cheering Al Gore and openly lamenting what a thuggish Supreme Court had cost them six years earlier. Local TV news stations were there, interviewing locals, looking for celebs. The Irish Examiner covered the event and quoted its native son:

“As a father and a concerned citizen and a resident of Malibu for 20-odd years, we are protesting this,” the Irish-born actor said. “Please let’s consider this and let’s look at it very clearly before we make any harsh moves.”

Check out Brosnan's website for his views on the project’s impact, which are seconded by Sting, Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, Barbra Streisand and Charlize Theron.

The Environmental Protection Agency is behind the wheel on this one, still reviewing public comments so there's time to make yourself heard. They could make a decision next year.

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