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Climate activists arrested outside Ted Cruz’s home, demand Biden stop negotiations with GOP

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As many as eight people were arrested for trespassing outside of Sen. Ted Cruz’s Texas home on Monday during a protest over climate change.

Reports said that a group of about 60-70 people showed up on the sidewalk around 11 a.m. outside Cruz’s home in Houston. Some of the protesters ventured onto Cruz’s private property, however, though the group as a whole received “multiple warnings” not to do so and were given an “ample amount of opportunities” to vacate the premises and the area, according to Assistant Chief Ban Tien of the Houston Police Department.

Police on the scene reportedly spent “over an hour trying to negotiate” with a small group that had trespassed on Cruz’s property against their orders, but after they refused to leave, they were arrested.

“The large majority of the group [were] extremely peaceful [and] out there expressing their First Amendment rights [to] protest against climate change,” Tien noted further. “Unfortunately, there was a small group who [were] actually committing trespassing into private property in front of the senator’s residence.”

“The Houston Police Department support[s] First Amendment rights, support[s] public assembly, but it has to be done in a safe manner, and it has to be done within the confines and the scope of the laws,” he added.

Texas Tribune reporter Erin Douglas posted photos of the incidents and added that protesters were on hand to demand that President Joe Biden end his negotiations with Republican leaders and pass a measure from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) creating a civilian climate corps that would employ millions of people to combat wildfires and fight back against global warming generally.

Douglas said the demonstration outside of Cruz’s home was the final act following a 40-day climate march that originated in New Orleans.

Shortly after he was inaugurated Biden appointed former U.S. senator and secretary of state John Kerry to be the new administration’s “climate czar.”

In an interview with news outlet France 24, Kerry accused the former Trump administration of being “absent” on climate issues for four years, which included pulling out of what the former president described as the one-sided Paris Climate Accords that was harmful to the U.S. economy.

“We need obviously to make up for an inexcusable absence by the United States for the last four years even as a lot of our mayors and governors continue to live by the Paris agreement,” Kerry told the French outlet.

“Needless to say, we don’t think we can just walk back in and say ‘hey.’ We gotta earn our spurs, we gotta do things, but we’re here because we need to work together,” Kerry noted further. “It is critical that Europe and U.K. now join together to be on the same page. We have to harmonize our efforts.”

“The scientists told us three years ago we had 12 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis. We are now three years gone, so we have nine years left,” Kerry added.

“Even if we did everything that we said we were gonna do when we signed up in Paris, we would see a rise in the earth’s temperature to somewhere around 3.7 degrees or more, which is catastrophic,” he continued.

Jon Dougherty

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