The show did go on for Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. However, climate protesters were able to turn away at least one government vehicle from the site as they sought to disrupt proceedings.
The Washington Hilton was the setting for the Correspondents’ Dinner and simultaneous protest.
Accusing President Joe Biden of “ecocide,” the demonstrators were unable to cause serious chaos and the White House event took place as scheduled.
Taking grandstanding to new heights — if that’s possible — one of the so-called “Tennessee Three” made an appearance in support of climate change radicals. Tennessee state Rep. Justin Pearson (D) told the gathering that their climate battle is a “fight for justice.”
2 #Tennessee House Democrats took part in a protest outside the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 29, as the protest’s organizer is accusing President Biden of committing “ecocide.” https://t.co/uOOPElqoFV
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) April 30, 2023
The activist group Climate Defiance spearheaded the effort. This is not new territory as they have led other demonstrations against the Biden administration over his greenlighting of some oil and gas projects.
The organization tweeted a video before the protest blasting Biden for furthering the “devastation and destruction of the environment to the detriment of life.”
Activists added, “We have only a few years left. Our very lives are at stake. And yet our political leaders wine and dine and laugh as though everything is ok.” They then reasserted their plan to blockade the event before noting, “The president promised to protect us, instead, he stabbed us in the back.”
Despite his long track record of opposing the nation’s traditional energy industry, Biden in March approved a 30-year Alaska oil drilling project.
The Willow Project, as it is known, permits ConocoPhillips to utilize Alaskan land to produce an estimated 180,000 barrels of oil per day. Proponents said the effort will create 300 long-range jobs on top of 2,500 construction positions.
Climate Defiance promotes non-violent but disruptive protests to draw awareness to what they claim is the environmental emergency. Their website states that “we need consistent, mass turnout, nonviolent disruption to stop business as usual and compel politicians to act.”
The group last week went so far as to accuse Biden of approving fossil fuel permits at a quicker rate than former President Donald Trump. It is not believed the protest caused any major disruption for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night.