Environmental activists shut down several major intersections in Washington, D.C., this morning to disrupt the nation’s capital with a call to action on climate change. The demonstration snarled commuter corridors throughout the city and frustrated the very right-wing activists who work with those who aggressively deny and oppose action on climate change.
Matt Whitlock, senior advisor for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), complained that tractor-trailer trucks were “forced to just sit there and idle while millennials (and middle-aged protestors in costumes) dance in the streets about the climate.” All Senate Republicans opposed Democrats’ “Green New Deal” legislation earlier this year.
Scott Pressler, a right-wing activist, suggested that those who care about the environment pick up trash in urban areas instead of blocking traffic in Washington. Pressler’s suggestion ignores the deeper systemic problems contributing to climate change: carbon emissions.
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Steve Milloy, another policy advisor to the Heartland Institute and a longtime climate change denier who served on the Trump EPA transition team, categorized the climate protesters as communists because one group had a sign that read “Capitalism is killing the planet.” Republicans often argue that regulations to protect the environment would cause inappropriate interference with the profits of the fossil fuel industry.