Listen: Climate protesters arrested at Texas port during U.S. presidential debate
"Take a look at this this is the Houston ship channel and connects the Gulf of Mexico to the port of Houston and is one of the busiest waterways in the country and it's America's largest fossil fuel thoroughfare now last year seven hundred thousand barrels of oil traveled through this channel every day and if if you WANNA get your Texas T- through the Houston ship channel there are pretty good odds that you're oil-tanker. We'll have to pass right underneath the Fred Hartman Bridge to get out into the Gulf of Mexico and that's why Greens Greenpeace activists chose the Fred Hartman Bridge for the scene of a pretty dramatic protests. Take a look yellow L. A. closely eleven protesters repelled off the side of the bridge this morning and suspended themselves more than one hundred feet above the water Greenpeace said they intended to remain in place for twenty four hours with the goal of blockading the Channel Preventing Oil and gas from being transported through the waterway. They've had some success there. A portion of water traffic ethic has been stocked Greenpeace chose this day and dislocation for the demonstration. Because of course the Democratic presidential candidates are in town for tonight's debate debate as one of the activists told the Houston chronicle quote. We are in a climate crisis. The next president has the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a world without fossil fuels rules. We need to act today. I should tell you earlier today. Local sheriff's deputy said they would not force the activists to move unless they became a health or safety hazard but a couple of hours ago as you can see sheriff's office began an operation to remove the protesters as far as we know most of them are now in police custody just to remind on your by the way climate change is going to be the subject of our twenty twenty four. I'm starting one week from today where Chris Hayes and I will be asking presidential candidates about their climate change plans and they'll be fielding questions from young voters on climate issues the forum will air live on NBC News Now and parts of it will be featured right here on all in again. That's September nineteenth twentieth and we hope you'll join"