Greenpeace Activists Hang From Houston Bridge To Protest Oil Shipping
Twenty-two Greenpeace USA activists created a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, early Thursday ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston.
Eleven of those climbers are dangling over the side of the bridge, an activist said in a Facebook Live video.
Those climbers will hold ribbons and streamers to block traffic under the bridge.
The group aims to “shut down the largest oil export channel in the U.S.” for 24 hours.
“This climate emergency was fueled by Trump’s climate denial and the oil industry’s greed,” the group wrote in the Facebook posts. “We’re here to resist.”
BREAKING: We’re in Houston shutting down the largest oil export channel in the country to resist Trump & the oil industry for fueling this #ClimateCrisis.
It’s time to end the age of oil. #PeopleVsOil pic.twitter.com/iFfDuz5dQY
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) September 12, 2019
The protesters say they intend to remain secured in place for 24 hours, which will prevent the transport of all oil and gas through the channel.
Their actions are a call to leaders to imagine a world beyond fossil fuels and to embrace a transition to renewable energy, officials say.
La Porte Police Department and Harris County Precinct 8 Constables are monitoring the scene.
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