Protesters close an interstate highway in DC and demand that Biden declare a climate emergency
On Friday, climate change activists halted traffic on Interstate 395 for the second time this week, demanding that President Biden declare a climate emergency.
Nearly a dozen protesters from the far-left group Declare Emergency brought traffic to a standstill on one of Washington’s busiest thoroughfares. Activists waving banners and chanting managed to stop traffic on the north lane of the freeway just before exiting the Third Street tunnel that leads downtown near the Capitol.
“As president of the most powerful and influential nation in the world, Biden has a responsibility to tell us and the world the truth and take real action,” the group said in a statement. “He now has a choice: either he leaves a legacy of honor, duty, honesty and action so that future generations can say he fought for their lives and their families, or he can continue to avoid its responsibilities to the country and the planet.”
The DC Metropolitan Police Department eventually cleared up the disturbance by arresting the protesters. This is the second time this week that Declare Emergency has stopped traffic.
On Wednesday, activists from the group blocked all northbound lanes on I-395 in a similar attempt to pressure Mr. Biden.
The protest comes as the White House has urged the oil industry to increase production in response to record gasoline prices.