‘Close the f‑‑‑ing door’: Climate protesters interrupt Powell for the second time this month

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was interrupted by climate protesters Thursday during public remarks for the second time in the past month.

The protest came during Powell’s opening remarks at the International Monetary Fund’s annual research conference in Washington, DC.

A man could be heard saying “close the f‑‑‑ing door” before the livestream went out.

“We don’t have anything on that for you right now. If that changes, we’ll be in touch,” said a Fed spokesperson when asked if Powell was the man heard swearing on the stream.

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When the stream resumed, the moderator said that while climate issues were important, they were not the topic of the panel.

Powell had just begun to speak about US monetary policy and the ongoing fight to bring inflation to its 2 percent target, when he was interrupted.

The Fed has faced pressure from climate activists and progressive lawmakers to use financial regulations to push the US away from fossil fuels. Powell and Fed officials across the ideological spectrum have rejected those calls.

Protesters also disrupted Powell’s highly anticipated remarks last month at the Economic Club of New York.

Updated at 3:01 pm

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