Texas protesters demand federal action on climate change


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of people have assembled in Austin on President Donald Trump's hundredth day in office to demand federal action on climate change.

The Texas Department of Public Safety told the Austin American-Statesman that about 3,500 people participated in the rally Saturday.

People marched from the Capitol to the University of Texas, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett was among the speakers who addressed the crowd.

Doggett said science seems like an alien notion to Trump and Republican leaders both in Congress and in Texas.

Many in the crowd held signs with slogans like "Climate change is not fake science."

National organizers said about 300 marches were planned around the country, with participants objecting to issues like Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

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