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“Greenpeace members face federal, state charges in Houston protest
Posted:Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:18:50 -0400
Federal and state authorities on Friday criminally charged climate change protesters for shutting down the largest U.S. energy-export port for a day by dangling from a bridge. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/GuAPrEd2MQ4/greenpeace-members-face-federal-state-charges-in-houston-protest-idUSKCN1VY1EX
“UPDATE: Greenpeace Statement on Activists’ Charges Following Peaceful Action in Houston September 13, 2019
Houston, Texas — In response to the charges brought against the Greenpeace activists in Houston, Greenpeace general counsel Tom Wetterer said:
“Greenpeace takes safety very seriously. Our activists have the skills and experience necessary to have done this activity safely. The most dangerous thing about the shipping channel wasn’t the Greenpeace climbers, it continues to be the fossil fuel executives’ reckless plans to push us further towards climate chaos.
“Critical infrastructure laws like Texas’ were created by oil and gas lobbyists and secretive groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council to restrict First Amendment rights and to try to bring to bear extraordinary consequences for legitimate protests. This is a bullying tactic that serves the interests of corporations at the expense of people exercising their right to free speech.
“We are in a climate emergency, created by the fossil fuel industry and made worse by Trump. We have little more than a decade to take ambitious action to cut fossil fuel use in half and transition to renewable energy. We can either take the bold actions necessary to stave off climate crisis today or suffer the radical consequences of climate-fueled disasters — more floods, more megastorms, and more fires — for years to come. We’re here today because there’s no time to waste.”
Source: Greenpeace (https://www.greenpeace.org/usa) https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/update-greenpeace-statement-activists-charges-following-peaceful-action-houston/
“22 activists are blocking the largest oil export facility in the US — images from above by Greenpeace International” 12 September 2019
The busiest oil shipping channel in the United States has been shut down by 22 Greenpeace USA activists in a peaceful protest on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, United States. Each day, over 700,000 barrels of oil pass through the channel, and should the fossil fuel industry have its way, this number will increase to at least 2 million. Climbers suspended from the bridge plan to stay in place for 24 hours to challenge business as usual for the fossil fuel industry.
Dramatic video and images from the peaceful protest capture the urgency needed to combat our global climate crisis…” See text and images here: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/24261/22-activists-are-blocking-the-largest-oil-export-facility-in-the-us-images-from-above/ Greenpeace International Text is Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
From Greenpeace International:
“PRESS RELEASE Energy #Climate #Oil
Greenpeace climbers block busiest oil export channel in United States by Greenpeace International 12 September 2019
Baytown, United States — Twenty-two Greenpeace USA climbers have formed a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, United States, shutting down the single largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the United States. The climbers intend to remain secured in place for 24 hours, preventing the transport of all oil and gas through the channel.
“I grew up in the East Texas Oil Field, a place where the oil industry touches everything. I know how much power oil executives have in our society. That’s why I’m taking action to shut down the Houston Ship Channel, the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the United States. The oil industry has spent millions of dollars to convince the world — including the community I grew up in — that we can’t thrive without them. This just isn’t true. We are here because we believe a world beyond oil is possible, we just have to fight for it,” said Greenpeace USA Activist Mike Herbert, one of the 22 climbers occupying the Houston Ship Channel.
“To the presidential candidates gathered in Houston today, we need you to know there is no middle ground to stand on. Will you champion a Green New Deal and ensure a just transition away from fossil fuels? Or will you side with the corrupt billionaires trying to wreck the planet for their profit? Millions of Americans are waiting on your answer.”
The shores of the 83-kilometer Houston Ship Channel in Texas are home to the second-largest petrochemical complex in the world. On an average day, 700,000 barrels of oil pass through the location the climbers have blocked.  This challenge to business as usual for the fossil fuel industry comes after activists twice stopped a coal shipment unloading in the port of Gdansk. It comes as the Bahamas faces the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and the Amazon fires continue. These protests and climate emergencies set the stage for next week’s international youth climate strike. On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in New York City, millions of people across the world will participate in youth-led strikes to demand transformative action to address the climate crisis.
“We’re in a climate emergency created by fossil fuel CEOs and made worse by Trump. We can either take bold action to combat the climate crisis today or suffer the consequences — more floods, more mega-storms, and more fires — for years to come,” said Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard.
“Here’s what can happen when we finally choose renewable energy over fossil fuels: We can create millions of high-paying, union jobs. We can keep our air and water clean and safe. And we can safeguard our climate against catastrophe. We can’t afford to screw this up, and we won’t let oil executives do that for us.”
Tonight in nearby Houston, 10 candidates vying to represent the Democratic party in the 2020 US presidential election against Trump are gathered for a debate. Greenpeace USA is calling on those candidates to support a Green New Deal and say no to fossil fuels. 
Photo and video (continuously updated)“: Here https://media.greenpeace.org/collection/27MZIFJ886WM5
 https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/climate2020/ https://www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/24251/greenpeace-climbers-block-busiest-oil-export-channel-in-united-states/
Greenpeace International Text is Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/