Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was chased away from a climate change event by protesters who stormed the stage as he spoke.
The former South Bend Mayor left after more than a dozen activists chanted against "Petro Pete," claiming his policies were not strong enough.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 11, 2023
Your DOT just approved the Seaport Oil Terminal, a project that will have 80 coal plants' worth of greenhouse gas emissions and will worsen air quality in areas that already live in cancer clusters," one of the Climate Defiance activists told Buttigieg on stage.
"This is about environmental racism and it's about climate impacts this project will have. Will you commit to stopping these projects?" the activist added.
— Mary (@matjendav4) October 12, 2023
"Buttigieg was in town at a daylong conference to discuss new transportation updates for the state," the Hill reported.
"The conference, iMPACT MARYLAND, was hosted by The Baltimore Banner and intended to focus on the future of the state," it continued.
While Buittigieg has been a strong supporter of EV vehicles and other climate change initiatives, his policies have apparently not been aggressive enough for the activists in his recent audience.
In addition to the recent protest, the Transportation Secretary has been criticized over his use of private jets to travel to events.
Buttigieg has also faced pushback from many Americans over the slow response to a toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
The ongoing issues show that even the strongest Democratic climate change efforts are not enough to satisfy everyone, despite increased gas prices and more policies under the Biden administration.