On a hazy day tinted with the remnants of distant wildfires, hundreds of protesters, clad with both determination and N95 masks, assembled to protest against fossil fuel development at the White House on June 8, 2023.
The rally, organised by People vs Fossil Fuels, was an expression of frustration and demand, targeting President Biden’s apparent dichotomy between proclaimed climate commitment and continued fossil fuel project approvals, including the contentious Mountain Valley pipeline and Willow Project.
Reclaiming the Climate Legacy Amidst Complications
The core of the protest was an insistent plea for President Biden to “reclaim his climate legacy. The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 300-mile conduit intended to transport fracked gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia, symbolised the discord between grassroots environmental advocacy and bureaucratic decisions.